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Christian Democrats / Partido Popular Cristiano (PPC)

The Christian Democratic Party (Partido Democrata Cristiano - PDC) was a relatively small, center-right party influenced by Christian Democratic thought. Slightly more conservative than the AP, the PDC, which was founded in 1956, also was perceived to be more to the right as Peru's spectrum shifted left. The PDC on its own was not able to garner an electoral representation of over 10 percent after 1980.

A splinter group, the Popular Christian Party (Partido Popular Cristiano—PPC), was founded by Luis Bedoya Reyes (the mayor of Lima from 1963 to 1966) in 1966. The Partido Popular Cristiano (PPC), by 2010 arguably Peru's second most structured party, had little presence outside Lima. Many observers believe this - and its image as mostly representing Peru's upper classes - explains why PPC president and past presidential candidate, Lourdes Flores, had fallen short in several successive national elections.

According to media and insider reports, by 2010 Flores was contemplating running for Mayor of Lima and relinquishing her national political aspirations.

The PPC languished after its defeat in the 2006 presidential elections, when it failed to make it to the second round, and was furthered enfeebled when it lost the 2010 contest for the mayoralty of Lima. Lourdes Flores was its failed candidate in both runs.

In 2010, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his candidacy for president in the 2011 elections, as head of the Alliance for Great Change coalition, which consisted of the Popular Christian Party, Peruvian Humanist Party, National Restoration and Alliance for Progress parties. Despite leading the field of the three centrist candidates, he garnered only 19% of the vote, putting him in third place and disqualifying him from the ensuing run-off election between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori.

On 10 April 2016, Peruvians went to the polls to elect a new President and Representatives to the 130-seat Congress. Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, joined a list of other candidates including former President Alan Garcia and former Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kucznyski vying for the presidency.

The center-right politician won nearly 40 percent of the votes counted. Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski received about 24 percent of the votes. Nationalist Veronika Mendoza was in third with about 17 percent. Fujimori faced a runoff election against the second-place winner on 05 June 2016. The election pit the Fujimori family's brand of conservative populism against Kuczynski's elite background and stiff technocratic style that curbed his appeal in poor provinces and working-class districts.

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