Commentary: Latin America's Not Quite Dictators

To hear the victor tell it, Peru's May 28 runoff presidential election was strictly by the book. Twelve million Peruvians turned up at the polls to cast their ballots, and computers swiftly tallied up the count. Two-time President Alberto K. Fujimori was promptly pronounced the winner, with 51% of the vote. Of course, the outcome of the contest was never in doubt. The other leading candidate, Alejandro Toledo, pulled out weeks earlier, saying he could not take part in an election that was already rigged. Toledo went on to claim a moral victory of sorts. "The dictatorship has taken off its mask," he told a crowd of 50,000 supporters who gathered in Lima on election night.

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