Peru opens vote-buying probe against Fujimori

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s electoral council says it is considering disqualifying front-runner Keiko Fujimori from next month’s presidential election for improperly distributing cash at a campaign event, just over a week after it tossed her main rival from the race.

In a resolution Friday, the council said there are sufficient grounds to open proceedings against Fujimori and gave her Popular Force party one working day to present counterarguments.

The complaint against the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori stems from a Feb. 14 campaign event during which the candidate was present and money was awarded to the winners of a hip hop music contest. Peruvian law prohibits candidates from giving money during the campaign.

The announcement by election officials came several days after hundreds marched in Lima to protest her candidacy.