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Fujimori's Daughter Wins First Round of Peru's Presidential Vote

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From left, Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Veronika Mendoza. Peru holds presidential elections Sunday.

From left, Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Veronika Mendoza. Peru holds presidential elections Sunday.

Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned Peruvian former president Alberto Fujimori, has won the first round of the presidential election in Peru, according to a partial count of votes.

The center-right politician won 38 percent of the votes counted so far Sunday. Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski received about 25 percent of the votes. Nationalist Veronika Mendoza is in third with less than 20 percent. Final results will be available later Monday.

Fujimori would be Peru's first female president if she wins a two-candidate runoff in June.

Her election is not a sure thing as many Peruvians have vowed to never vote for anyone associated with her father.

Fujimori has tried to distance herself from her father's authoritarian rule of Peru from 1990 to 2000. The 77-year-old former president is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption during his term.

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