Peruvian Socialist candidate Pedro Castillo has been named as the country’s next president by Peru’s electoral authority.
- He officially won the June 6 runoff against right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.
- A 51-year-old former school teacher and the son of peasant farmers, Castillo has pledged to redraft the constitution and hike taxes on mining firms.
- Peru officially the Republic of Peru is a country in western South America.
- It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.
- It is home to a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes Mountains.
- The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites.
- Peru is the world’s second-largest copper-producing nation.
- The capital of Peru is Lima.
- The currency used here is the Peruvian Sol.