LIMA – Elections left a divided parliament on Sunday in Peru with at least seven parties in congress and a majority of center-right forces, according to exit polls.
The centrist Popular Action party, led by former President Fernando Belaunde Terry, won the most votes nationwide, with 11.8 percent of votes.
Fujimori, who led the opposition Popular Force and held a majority in the previous congress President Martin Vizcarra dissolved in September, came fifth, with only 7.1 percent of the votes.
Right-wing Alliance For Progress – one of the most voted parties in the country’s north – came second with 8.8 percent of the votes, led by businessman Cesar Acuña.
The liberal Purple Party – with 8.1 percent of the votes – entered congress for the first time led by Julio Guzman, one of the new faces of Peruvian politics, which together with Popular Action look to be the government’s main support.
Podemos Peru, led by entrepreneur Jose Luna, won 7.4 percent of the vote and will also enter parliament for the first time, with former army general and Interior Minister Daniel Urresti among its notable members.
The return to congress of the Popular Agricultural Front after 38 years was one of the major surprises. The evangelical party, founded by Ezequiel Ataucusi, won 7 percent of the vote, according to polls.
The Peruvian left, which comprises four parties, will continue to be represented in congress by the Broad Front with 6.2 percent of the vote, while Together for Peru could also enter parliament if it is confirmed that it won 5 percent of the votes.
The far right fared poorly after the National Solidarity party, with former congressman Rosa Bartra as its great asset, obtained only 1.4 percent of the votes.
The Peruvian Aprista Party of former President Alan Garcia, missed out on congress with 2.8 percent of votes, far from the necessary 5 percent needed to enter parliament.
The same happened to the With You party of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who went from winning the last presidential elections to obtaining 0.9 percent of the votes.
The exit poll was conducted on 32,000 voters in 405 polling stations countrywide with a 2 percent error margin for America Television by market research company Ipsos, according to the head of the company Alfredo Torres.