Lima, Mar 30 (EFE) .- Former president Ollanta Humala and veteran economist Hernando de Soto participated this Tuesday, along with three other candidates, in the second day of the official debate organized by the National Elections Jury (JNE) before the general elections on April 11 in Peru.

Both Humala and De Soto presented their proposals in greater detail and exchanged direct allusions, in a confrontation in which another candidate, former Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, also sought to highlight his experience in public service.

Humala, who ruled Peru between 2011 and 2016, assured his compatriots that he has “the experience to guarantee” that he can “defeat the covid, recover the economy of employment and education.”

De Soto, for his part, proposed the participation of citizens to avoid corruption and stated that among his proposals is “freeing up” resources and unifying his country.

SHOCK FOR CITIZEN SAFETY

During the debate, Humala affirmed that the great problem of citizen security facing his country “is not the Police” and said that “to be president you have to know how to summon citizens.”

De Soto pointed out, for his part, that in an eventual government of his he will put “control over people who come from outside, people who are criminals.”

However, Humala assured that the economist’s government plan consists of only two sheets and recalled that he was as a soldier in the combat zones of the subversive group Sendero Luminoso while De Soto was “walking around the world.”

In response, the economist asked him if he had been so important in those tasks why he is never mentioned “as a great enemy” by “Sendero and the criminals.”

WITHDRAWAL OF A CANDIDATE

This Tuesday’s debate got off to a bumpy start after candidate José Vega Antonio, from the ultra-nationalist Union for Peru (UPP) party, read a brief statement on the podium to announce that he was not going to participate in the exhibition.

“We withdraw from this debate that does not guarantee democracy,” Vega said.

The candidate, current UPP legislator, recalled that last year he promoted the dismissal by Congress of then-president Martín Vizcarra (2018-2020) and assured that candidacies like his, which appear in the polls with very little popular support, have been “ignored” by the media.

THREE DAYS OF DEBATE

In addition to Humala, De Soto and Urresti, Pedro Castillo, from the left-wing Peru Libre party, and Andrés Alcántara, from the nationalist Direct Democracy party also participated during this day.

This Wednesday, the third and final day of debate will star Yohny Lescano, who heads the opinion polls, Julio Guzmán, Rafael López Aliaga, Daniel Salaverry, Rafael Santos and Ciro Gálvez.

Given the nomination of 18 candidates, the debate prior to the Peruvian elections was divided into three days, which began on Monday with presentations by Verónika Mendoza, Keiko Fujimori, George Forsyth, Alberto Beingolea, César Acuña and Marco Arana.

Two weeks before the Peruvian general elections, opinion polls indicate that Lescano leads the intention to vote, followed by a platoon of five other candidates, including Mendoza, Forsyth, Fujimori, López and De Soto.

(c) EFE Agency

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