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Peru's Neck-And-Neck Presidential Election On Front Page

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El Comercio, June 6, 2016

"Vote by vote" reads the front page of Peruvian daily El Comercio Monday, as ballots are still being counted after Sunday's presidential election, the second-round vote being too close to call last night.

The front page features a painting of the two main candidates, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from the center-right party Peruvians for Change and Keiko Fujimori, from the conservative Popular Force, who are neck and neck in what some are calling Peru's tightest presidential election in the last three decades.

According to the latest estimates, Kuczynski has taken a slight lead with 50,52% of the votes, while Fujimori is right behind with 49,48%, with 88% of votes counted.

Kuczynski, a former Wall Street investor, has pledged to spur employment and promote economic growth, while Fujimori — the daughter of Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori, now in jail for crimes against humanity — has vowed to tackle crime.

Although a favorite in the election, Fujimori has recently faced corruption scandals in her party that may have damaged her popularity.

The successor to leftist President Ollanta Humala will be known later this Monday as votes from the country's rural areas are being counted.

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

photo of a young man holding a sign: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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