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Popular Force (Spanish: Fuerza Popular, FP), until 2012 called Force 2011 (Spanish: Fuerza 2011), is a right-wing populist Fujimorist political party in Peru. The party is led by Keiko Fujimori, congresswoman and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.
In the 2011 election, Popular Force supported the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori for President, Rafael Rey for First and Jaime Yoshiyama for Second Vice President. Their ticket won 23.55% of votes in the first round, but was defeated by Ollanta Humala's ticket in the runoff with 48.55%. The party obtained 37 seats in the National Congress and 1 seat in the Andean Parliament.
In the 2016 elections, the party won an absolute majority in Congress (36.3% of votes; 71 out of 130 seats). In the presidential vote however, party leader Keiko Fujimori was defeated again by a small margin, gaining 49.88% in the runoff against Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
In the 2018 elections, Popular Force saw a large loss of popularity with the party not being elected into a single position in Lima or in regional governments. Keiko Fujimori also saw an approval rating of 11% while 83% disapprove of her according to Datum.
Drug trafficking allegations
The former secretary general and now the former party's chief financial officer, Joaquin Ramirez, was accused by the Drug Enforcement Administration (although there was no official statement) and the Dirandro (Peruvian anti-drugs policy) of being "one of the most important drug lords in Peru"; and the prosecutor began a preliminary investigation of these charges, but as of July 2017, after more than a year, there were no official charges against Joaquin Ramirez. The accusations were used as a campaign theme by PPK in the 2016 presidential elections in Peru. The charges also involved the leader of the Fuerza Popular for the Region of San Martín and other party figures, including Jose Chlimper, the candidate for the vice presidency of the country behind Keiko Fujimori in the Peruvian general elections of 2016.
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- Conozca a los nuevos 130 congresistas electos de todo el Perú para el periodo 2011 – 2016 | Ayaviri.INFO – El Portal Archived 2 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Ayaviri.info (23 April 2009). Retrieved on 25 April 2012.
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