Photographer's Note

This is a view of a lonely sign in the middle of Peru's desert coast.

This photo brings to mind the uncertainty facing Peru this weekend:

On Sunday April 9th the presidential elections will be held, amongst over 20 candidates there are three which get the highest intentions of votes in the pre-election polls.

1. Ollanta Humala web
Former military officer, newinto politics, participated in a revolt against former authoritarian president Alberto Fujimori, compensated by the following government by holding the cushy posts of military attaché in Seoul and Paris earning a lot of money. He is filling the political vacum with a nationalist, populist discourse. His program is 80 pages long but does not say much, his discourse is negative, and his family is quite colourful: Father founded a racist political movement based on excluding non-andean people from their citizenships, and stands for liberating imprissioned terrorists. Mother declared that homosexuals should be shot to improve morality and a brother is in prison for organizing a revolt which ended in the death of policemen. It must be said that the peruvian media has ran an informal campaign against him and tryed to make him lose credibility which has only resulted in his popularity rising amongst the poor.

2. Lourdes FLores
Wants to become Peru's first woman president. She belongs to the conservative right and is for continuing the current economic model which has generated growth in the economy but so far with not so many results being felt by the people. She belongs to the Opus Dei which is a catholic conservative group. She is perceived as the candidate of the rich and has been getting the support of the media.

3. Alan Garcia.
Former president (at 35) from 1985 to 1990, left the country in ruins, 7000% inflation, economy in shambles, corruption charges, left for Colombia and Paris after his government and somehow everyone has forgoten that he was wanted for corruption and embezzelment. Basically the caricature of a corrupt sly politician.

Of all three I prefer Lourdes, as in spite of her many flaws she seems to be the less bad of them, at least she has a program and will not be playing ping pong with the countries policies.

However there is a candidate who does not have much support in the polls which to me is the best option: SUsana Villaran
Hopefully if we survive the next five years, she can gaiin more populairty for next time.

I keep my fingers crossed......

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