April 10, 2006

Peru ex-army nationalist holds lead in vote

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ollanta Humala, a former army
commander campaigning to rewrite contracts with foreign
companies, held a slight lead in Peru's presidential election,
official results showed on Monday.

With 53 percent of the vote counted, electoral officials
said Humala had 27.8 percent, followed by pro-business
conservative Lourdes Flores with 26.3 percent and
left-of-center former President Alan Garcia with 25.6 percent.

If no candidate attains more than 50 percent of the vote,
the top two finishers will meet in a May runoff.