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Alumnus Wins Majority of Votes in Peru’s Presidential Election

Jun 10, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Woodrow Wilson School

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski MPA ’61, a liberal economist, has won the majority of votes in Peru’s presidential election.

In a suspenseful run-off election, Kuczynski secured 50.12 percent of countable votes while Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, secured 49.88 percent.

While thousands of unclear ballots have yet to be officially clarified, Kuczynski will likely be named Peru’s next president, experts say. But Kuczynski cannot be named president-elect until the electoral office examines those unclear votes, which they say will happen “soon.”

Kuczynski, now 77 years old, was a Peruvian presidential candidate in 2011, where he placed third. He has spent much of his life working in Peru.

From 2005 to 2006, he served as prime minister of Peru from 2005 to 2006. Before that, he was general manager of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank and later served as Peru’s minister of energy and mines in the early 1980s and minister of economy and finance in the 2000s. He also worked in the United States early in his career, both at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Kuczynski’s early education was spent at Markham College in Lima, Peru, and Rossall School in Lancashire, England. He won a foundation scholarship to study at Exeter College, Oxford, graduating with degrees in politics, philosophy and economics in 1960. He later received the John Parker Compton fellowship to study public affairs at Princeton University, where he received a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School in 1961.