Peru: Candidates Barred From Running In Presidential Election

Julio Guzman
Presidential candidate Julio Guzman answers a question during a press conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 10, 2016. Peru's electoral council on Wednesday barred Guzman, the main challenger to front-runner Keiko Fujimori from the country's April 10 presidential election on a technicality. Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo
Julio Guzman
Presidential candidate Julio Guzman answers a question during a press conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 10, 2016. Peru's electoral council on Wednesday barred Guzman, the main challenger to front-runner Keiko Fujimori from the country's April 10 presidential election on a technicality. Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo

Peru: Candidates Barred From Running In Presidential Election

Just one month before a presidential election in Peru, an electoral tribunal has barred candidate Julio Guzman from running. The tribunal accused Guzman’s party, Todos por el Peru, of failing to follow procedural rules in registering their candidate. 

The party called the ruling “flagrantly illegal and unconstitutional.” 

Guzman went from a virtual no-name to the leading contender to defeat incumbent Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former president, Alberto Fujimori. 

Another candidate, Cesar Acuña, a wealthy owner of universities facing accusations of plagiarism, was also barred.

We talk about the election intrigue with Frank Bajak, an investigative reporter and chief of Andean news for the Associated Press. He’s based in Lima, Peru.