A column published this Tuesday, June 29 in The New York Times, the most important journal of USA, puts the conflict that originated in Peru after the second round as an “emblematic” example of what “happens or could happen in a group of countries” in Latin America.
In clear allusion to the tactic of Keiko Fujimori, the text entitled Latin America: democratic fragility indicates that “the denunciation of invisible fraud, the disqualification or the attack from the power to the electoral courts, are also ways of violating the electoral processes, of undermining the already fragile institutional framework of our nations” .
The author, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, cites the words that the candidate uttered during her last vigil – “We want to know the truth” – “fueling mistrust” by denouncing, without evidence, a fraud at the polls.
“Invoke these great causes, act as if the country were facing a definitive schism in history, it’s a fundamental part of the conflict, ”the Times article notes. In Latin America, with increasing frequency, political alternation is presented and perceived no longer as a natural form of democratic life but as a tragic apocalypse ”.
According to Barrera Tyszka, it is not “something free”, since “Hugo Chavez (Former Venezuelan president) turned his popularity into a modern form of tyranny, showing that it was possible to come to power democratically to – from there – destroy democracy, ”while Daniel Ortega, the ruler of Nicaragua, “has ended up imposing himself by blood and fire as a dictator in his country.”
“With the difficulties of each case, the political alternation has nevertheless been maintained in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, even in some way in Bolivia. Y Here’s to watching in El Salvador it shows that the authoritarian temptation is not an ideological problem ”, assesses the Venezuelan narrator and essayist.
“Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, strictly speaking, continue to be isolated and minority cases on the continent. And their experiences have also generated a special alert in the other societies of the region ”, he continues.
In a region that “continues without solving its great problems of inequality, poverty and impunity”, speeches like that of Fujimori, which aims to “associate the idea of political change to catastrophes and hysteria, it does not seem to be the healthiest thing ”, the columnist muses.
The candidate of Fuerza Popular maintains that the second round was plagued with irregularities, despite the fact that its complaints have been rejected in the electoral bodies For lack of arguments and different electoral supervision organizations have confirmed the correctness of the June 6 elections.
The Peruvian Government has already announced that it will await the final decision of the National Elections Jury (JNE) on the result of the second presidential round, before responding to the request for an international audit made by Fujimori.
In the middle of that panorama, “More than demonizing political alternation and electoral processes, it is necessary to strengthen the institutional framework in Latin America. Only in this way can differences be settled with votes and not with bullets, ”remarks the NYT text finally.
Currently, the JNE is deliberating the appeals presented by the party of Fujimori against the voting records questioned by the right-wing candidate, but which have so far been rejected in their entirety.
Once the electoral body concludes with the deliberations, it will be able to proclaim the winner of the elections, which according to the final vote count is the candidate of Peru Libre, Pedro Castillo.
With information from EFE.
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