Jul 19, 2021 - World

Socialist Pedro Castillo named Peru's president-elect

 Pedro Castillo, Leftist candidate to the presidency of Peru by Peru Libre party, gives a press conference  in Peru on July 15.

Peru's President-elect Pedro Castillo at a July 15 news conference. Photo: Carlos Garcia Granthon/Fotoholica Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Peru's electoral authority declared socialist Pedro Castillo "president-elect" Monday night after he won the country's presidential election, per Reuters.

Driving the news: The 51-year-old son of peasant farmers narrowly beat the daughter of a conservative former president known for being part of the country's elite, the New York Times reports.

  • After he was declared the next president, Castillo supporters took to the streets chanting, "Yes, we could," the NYT notes.

The big picture: The pandemic has devastated Peru, which has the worst COVID-19 death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

  • Almost 10% of Peru's population has slipped into poverty in the past year and many wanting disparities addressed turned at the ballot box to Castillo, who was previously one of the leaders of a 2017 teachers strike, according to the Times.

What to watch: Castillo has promised to rewrite the constitution and give the state a bigger role in industries like mining, per Axios' Dave Lawler.

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