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Peru Possible

Peru Possible
Perú Posible
Leader Alejandro Toledo
Founded 1994
Headquarters Lima, Peru
Ideology
Liberalism
Political position Centrism
International affiliation None
Website
http://www.peruposible.org.pe/
Politics of Peru
Political parties
Elections

Possible Peru (Spanish: Perú Posible) is a Peruvian political party. It was founded in 1994 by Alejandro Toledo with the original name of País Posible ("Possible Country").

At the legislative elections held on 9 April 2001, the party won 26.3% of the popular vote and 45 out of 120 seats in the Congress of the Republic. Its presidential candidate at the elections of the same day, Alejandro Toledo, won 36.5% of the vote and went on to win the second round on 3 June 2001 with 53.1%.

At the legislative elections held on 9 April 2006, the party won 4% (441,462 votes) of the popular vote and 2 out of 120 seats in Congress.

History

Possible Peru has its roots in an earlier political party, País Posible, which was founded by the economist Alejandro Toledo in 1994. País Posible garnered 4% of the popular vote in the 1995 presidential election.

In the 2000 presidential election, Toledo ran as a candidate from Possible Peru. After coming in second to Alberto Fujimori in the initial round of voting, Toledo withdrew as a candidate and requested that his supporters cast blank ballots in the second round run-off that was to be held because both candidates failed to receive more than 50% of the votes.

After Fujimori was sworn in for his third term, Toledo led his supporters in organizing a protest against Fujimori's alleged corruption, which became popularly known as La Marcha de los Cuatro Suyos, in a reference to the four suyu (district) in which the Inca Empire or Tawantin Suyu was divided. The protest turned violent, with six people being killed on 28 July inside a bank on fire. In response to growing allegations of corruption within his administration, Fujimori resigned as president in November 2000.

Toledo was elected in 2001 as Fujimori's replacement, receiving 52.2% of the popular vote. Shortly after becoming president, Toledo made a strategic alliance with the Moralizing Independent Front, led by Fernando Olivera.

In 2004, Toledo was accused of falsifying some of the signatures that had been collected on his behalf in the 2000 election. Police concluded that 78% of the signatures had been falsified. Further investigation revealed that the forged signatures had been produced by Toledo's sister, who was subsequently placed under house arrest.

Peru Possible's current leader is Alejandro Toledo.

2006 Elections

Peru Possible's presidential candidate for the 2006 election, Rafael Belaúnde Aubry, along with the vice-presidential candidates, pulled out of the race on 31 January. However, a clash with the core of the party over the inclusion of some people in the congressional candidate list led to the withdrawal of his candidature.

The previous candidate, businesswoman Jeanette Enmanuel also renounced her candidature one week after being selected following growing pressure from within certain parts of the Peru Possible party, due to her political inexperience.

Belaúnde Aubry was until recently leader of another party, Acción Popular, which was founded by his father and former President, Fernando Belaúnde Terry, and was invited by Peru Possible to represent the party in the elections.

Electoral results

President

Election year Candidate 1st round 2nd round
# of overall votes  % of overall vote # of overall votes  % of overall vote
2000 Alejandro Toledo 4,460,812 (#2) 2,086,215 (#2)
2001 Alejandro Toledo 3,871,167 36.5 (#1) 5,548,556 53.1 (#1)
2006 Rafael Aubry withdrawn
2011 Alejandro Toledo 2,289,561 15.6 (#4)

External links

  • Perú Posible: party website
  • Perú Posible
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