June 5 is Peru’s presidential runoff election, and this may be the most crucial election in Peru’s recent history. Ollanta Humala is a socialist and has often been aligned with and supported by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. And Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is in prison for corruption and crimes against humanity.
Peru’s economy has shown tremendous growth in the last six or seven years. Keiko Fujimori’s economic policies would continue the current economic trend of growth if elected. Humala, on the other hand, would nationalize many of Peru’s businesses and return the nation to a socialist government which caused so much damage to the economy during Alan Garcia’s first term as president, when he was a socialist. Garcia, serving his second term fifteen years later, is a capitalist and is as responsible for the economic upturn as he was the economic downturn that began fifteen years ago.
Though there has been tremendous economic growth, most of it has been in the larger cities, and little of it has trickled down into rural Peru. For that reason, Humala, who promises redistribution of the nation’s wealth, is popular among non-metro voters. However, history has proven over and over that Robin Hood economics just doesn’t work.
I can’t overstate the critical nature of this upcoming election. Please pray for the nation of Peru, and for the people to vote for the continued economic growth of the nation and to reject the socialist agenda of Ollant Humala.