March 28, 2006

Peru’s Humala on top in another presidential poll

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist candidate Ollanta
Humala, campaigning to increase state control over the economy,
is leading polls ahead of Peru's presidential election on April
9, a Datum survey showed on Tuesday.

Datum reported that 31 percent of voters polled said they
plan to vote for Humala, up 5 percentage points from mid-March,
while support for center-right lawyer Lourdes Flores slipped 1
point to 26 percent.

In third place is former center-left President Alan Garcia,
whose backing among voters rose 2 points to reach 21 percent.

Humala is a retired army commander who is most popular
among Peru's poor and has the backing of leftist Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez.

International investors believe the economy would be best
tended by Flores, who would be Peru's first woman president if

None of the candidates is seen winning the 50 percent of
votes plus one needed to triumph in the election's first round.

In second-round voting, the Datum poll showed Flores with
48 percent of votes and Humala with 41 percent.