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Former Peru Soccer Star Leads Poll Ahead of Presidential Vote

  • George Forsyth is front-runner in crowded field of candidates
  • Country will pick new authorities following political upheaval
George Forsyth during a game in 2008.

George Forsyth during a game in 2008.

Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

A 38-year-old former goalkeeper is leading the race to become Peru’s next president, according a poll of voter intentions before the April vote.

George Forsyth, who last month quit as mayor of Lima district to run for the presidency, had 16% support in an Ipsos Peru poll published Thursday. He’s been leading polls in recent months in a crowded field of 23 candidates.