Lopez Aliaga, the “Peruvian Bolsonaro”, elected Mayor of Lima

Lopez Aliaga, the “Peruvian Bolsonaro”, elected Mayor of Lima

Ultra-conservative businessman Rafael Lopez Aliaga, nicknamed the “Peruvian Bolsonaro”, has been elected mayor of the capital Lima, according to the final results of the October 2 elections published on Tuesday.

Mr. Lopez Aliaga prevailed with 23.50% of the vote, versus 22.62% for his centre-right rival and retired General Daniel Urresti, who was defeated just days after the vote.

Rafael Lopez Aliaga, 61, is a fierce opponent of left-wing Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who has consistently called for his resignation as he believes his management is chaotic.

The post of mayor of Lima is one of the most coveted in Peruvian politics, as it is often a stepping stone to presidential elections due to its media exposure.

Mr. Lopez Aliaga has been nicknamed “Bolsonaro”, named after current far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, since campaigning for the 2021 presidential election, in which he was eliminated in the first round. He had then revealed himself to be a member of Opus Dei, taken a vow of celibacy, flogged himself and wore silica.

His followers affectionately call him “Porky” because of his perceived resemblance to the cartoon character of the same name. He himself often uses this nickname to introduce himself.

This entrepreneur, who made his fortune in rail transport, will take office as Mayor of Lima on January 1, 2023 for a four-year term. He promised an “investment shock” to get the 10-million-strong Lima out of the economic slump the capital is in after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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