Keiko Fujimori Still Leads Polls, Addresses Forced Sterilization Claims: 'I Will Seek the Truth'
Keiko Fujimori denied accusations that poor and indigenous women underwent forced sterilization during her father's dictatorial regime from 1990 to 2000.
The Peruvian presidential frontrunner addressed the issue during a campaign event on Tuesday.
"I will seek the truth," said Fujimori, teleSUR reported from Peruvian daily La Republica. "If there was any woman operated without her consent, she will have to be compensated by the state."
Estimations from human rights defenders indicate that about 300,000 women were sterilized against their will during the rule of 77-year-old Alberto Fujimori, who is currently jailed on the borders of the capital Lima. Women were told that the government ordered for their sterilization. Officials reportedly lied to the women, tied them up and tricked them into getting their tubes tied.
Fujimori, 40, denied that 300,000 women went through forced sterilization, adding that the program had "some denunciations," teleSUR noted. Numerous women testified that they fear of political persecution if they come forward about the abuses they suffered, aside from lacking the resources to report the injustice done to them.
Investigations about the accusation opened in 2003 but have gone through repeated setbacks due to lack of evidence. The case was reopened in 2015 and will hopefully be concluded in 2016 if there are no more interruptions.
Fujimori Still Leading in the Polls
Despite the forced sterilization controversy regarding her father's presidency, Fujimori still managed to top Peru's polls for April's presidential elections, Peru this Week wrote. Fujimori, who is with the Popular Force Party, won 34.6 percent of the polls, which is a good deal ahead of Everyone for Peru representative Julio Guzmán's 16.6 percent.
Fujimori's popularity among Peruvian voters was reported as early as December 2015.
Promises and Plans
Fujimori plans to combat rising crime and improve Peru's slow economy even though there's a global collapse in commodity prices, Voice of America reported. She also promises to offer tax breaks to companies teaching and hiring young personnel and to use almost $8 billion of the government's "rainy-day fund" to fund infrastructure that she says will provide economic growth.
In addition, Fujimori suggests imposing "regulatory incentives" for exports, though more details about this plan have not been given yet, the news outlet noted. She said that if she becomes president, there will be funds for public works like roads, water plants and irrigation canals.
Fujimori's economic advisor, Jose Chlimper, promises that she will spend the country's funds wisely.
"We're not going to have a party. There's going to be a sense of urgency watching every dime," said Chlimper, as quoted by Voice of America.
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