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Second Biggest Coke-Producing Country May Elect Ex-American

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

Peru’s presidential election has come down to a runoff between a former U.S. citizen and the daughter of a jailed former president who ordered death squads.

Coming in second place with approximately 23.7 percent of the vote is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), who gave up his U.S. citizenship in November, 2015, to avoid controversy while running for president.

PPK was a naturalized U.S. citizen as of May, 1999. The Peruvian politician’s U.S. residence had been in the ritzy Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Fla.

The former dual citizen received his undergraduate education at Princeton University in New Jersey and went on to receive a master’s from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. PPK had served as the prime minister of Peru from 2005 to 2006.

PPK tweeted the paperwork of his renounced U.S. citizenship once it was done. The accompanying text of his tweet reads, “I follow through with what I promised. I have renounced U.S. citizenship.”

The first-place finisher was Keiko Fujimori with 39.4 percent of the vote. Keiko is the daughter of jailed president Alberto Fujimori. Keiko’s father ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000 and is known for defeating Maoist terrorist group The Shining Path.

In the war against The Shining Path, Fujimori’s government committed “crimes against humanity” which landed him a 25-year sentence. Fujimori also enacted a policy of forced sterilizations aimed in particular at poor and indigenous communities. Peru is second to Colombia in cocaine production.

Peruvians went to the polls Sunday and the runoff will be June 5.

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