Daughter of Peru ex-president Fujimori leads in polls

Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, arrives at court in Ate, east of Lima on October 29, 2013 (AFP Photo/Cris Bouroncle)

Lima (AFP) - Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori -- currently serving a 25-year prison sentence -- is far ahead in a poll of Peruvian presidential hopefuls out Tuesday.

With six months to go before the April 2016 election, Keiko Fujimori with the right-wing Fuerza Popular (Strength of the People) has 32.9 percent support, according to a CPI survey.

Fujimori, 40, has twice as much support as her nearest rival, conservative former cabinet minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who has 15.8 percent support.

Kuczynski ran for president in 2011 and came in third, behind Fujimori and the current president, Ollanta Humala with the Nationalist Party.

Third in the poll is Alan Garcia, who was president twice before (1985-1990 and 2006-2011).

Garcia has 7.8 percent support -- better than the next runner up, former president Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), who has 5.3 percent support.

Far behind in the sixth spot is Nationalist Party candidate Daniel Urresti with 3.1 percent.

Keiko's father, Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), was sentenced to prison in 2009 on charges of corruption and human rights abuses during Peru's internal war with the leftist Shining Path and Tupac Amaru rebels. An agronomist by training, he is the son of immigrants from Japan.

During Fujimori's presidency, Keiko spent time as Peru's de facto first lady when her father divorced her mother.

In the 2011 runoff, which Keiko lost to Humala, Fujimori promised to pardon her father if elected.

However, so far she has not talked about pardons. She has even commented on "mistakes and crimes" that took place during her father's presidency.

Keiko Fujimori also favors same-sex civil unions -- a current topic of discussion in Peru -- but opposes same-sex couples marrying and adopting children.

The CPI poll also shows that Humala has a whopping 84.4 percent disapproval rate, while his wife Nadine Heredia, who heads the Nationalist Party, has 82.6 percent disapproval.

The national survey of 1,450 people was carried out between October 5-9 and has a 2.6 point margin of error.