|Wall painted in favor of Keiko in the mountains of Tarma|
|Campaign HQ in Tarma that was|
blasting Castaneda's theme song
when we walked by.
|L to R: Castaneda, Toledo, Keiko, Ollanta, PPK |
|Ollanta, by far the handsomest of|
the candidates. (from AP)
|Political cartoon of Keiko by renowned cartoonist Carlin.|
I'm glad that I didn't have to vote in the elections, because I don't know who I would vote for. I probably would have supported Toledo, the least polemic of the candidates. Or maybe I would have invalidated my ballot. Who knows. I'm glad I'll be able to vote for Obama next year.
Nevertheless, now Peru has to decide between Ollanta and Keiko- "AIDS and cancer." After the results of the first round of elections just a few hours ago, an atmosphere of fear and apprehension has begun to take over Lima (if not just the gazillion wall posts from my Peruvian friends on Facebook). Before the results of the elections, Peru was generally marked by an atmosphere of pride and optimism. The economy has been growing at impressing rates, and Peru has recently branded itself as a prime destination for eco- and gastro-tourism. I like to think that the Peruvian spirit is so strong that not even a bad president could change that. Viva Peru.