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Freeing Fujimori may smooth the way for next Peru president

The man who stands most to benefit from Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's presidential victory in Peru may be his defeated rival's father: imprisoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori.

Kuczynski began the task of forming a government Friday after his rival Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat in Peru's closest presidential contest in five decades. His margin of victory was less than 43,000 votes — or 0.2 percentage points.

Even more challenging is his position in congress, where Fujimori's party, smarting after a bitter campaign, holds 73 of 130 seats and his own bloc has just 18.

Analysts say his best chance to ease hostility could be in releasing Alberto Fujimori to house arrest,...

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