* Humala's image makeover fails to convince moderates
* Fujimori camp survives human rights gaffe
* Fujimori, Humala pick up endorsements
(Adds endorsements, Humala rights controversy)
LIMA, May 26 Right-wing lawmaker Keiko
Fujimori may be pulling away from leftist Ollanta Humala 10
days before Peru's June 5 presidential run-off and a gaffe by a
top aide has not hurt her, a poll showed on Thursday.
Fujimori, who is backed by the business community and is
the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori,
had the support of 52.9 percent of respondents, the pollster
Humala, a former military officer, had 47.1 percent support
when null and spoiled mock ballots were excluded in a simulated
vote organized by pollsters, according to the nationwide survey
published in newspaper Peru 21.
The poll of 1,214 people conducted on Sunday had a margin
of error of 2.8 points. Fujimori's lead widened by about a
point to 5.8 points from the previous poll conducted May 16 to
Datum said Fujimori was not hurt in the latest poll by
comments made last week by an aide, Jorge Trelles, who said her
father's administration executed people without trials during a
crackdown on insurgents in the 1990s but that it "killed less"
than two previous governments battling guerrillas.
His comments caused an uproar in the local media, which
said they proved her party has yet to show contrition for death
squads unleashed by the elder Fujimori on suspected leftists
during a conflict that killed nearly 70,000 people. The younger
Fujimori said the comments were "unfortunate."
Her father, who was credited with opening the economy and
ending hyperinflation, was sentenced to 25 years in prison
after he left office for corruption and human rights crimes.
The younger Fujimori, who says she will ensure the poor get
a share of the country's growing economy, also picked up
endorsements on Thursday from two candidates she defeated in
the first-round vote on April 10: former Prime Minister Pedro
Pablo Kuczynksi and former Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda.
Former President Alejandro Toledo, who had been favored to
win the race before faltering in the first-round, threw his
weight behind Humala, though pollsters say most voters have
already decided who they will support.
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Humala has sought to convince voters he has abandoned his
radical past, although critics fear that if elected he might
roll back years of free-market reforms in Peru's booming
Humala also has revised his government plan to make it more
attractive to investors, dropping a controversial tax increase
and a proposal to take over private pension funds.
To woo centrists, he has tried with limited success to
distance himself from his former political mentor, fiery
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and recast himself as a
moderate like Brazil's popular former president, Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva.
But Humala, who once led a bloodless insurrection against
the elder Fujimori, has been dogged by his past in polls. His
brother and father are two well-known Peruvian radicals.
The El Comercio newspaper ran an article on Thursday that
it said provided new evidence allegedly tying Humala to rights
crimes carried out in the 1990s, when his army unit was
battling Shining Path rebels in the jungle. He has repeatedly
denied the allegations.
The Datum poll said half of all voters think Humala might
govern as an authoritarian and only a third said he would
respect Peru's international accords, even though he has
promised to be conciliatory and honor the country's many
Fujimori has overtaken him in recent weeks in opinion
polls, relieving downward pressure on financial markets. Peru's
stocks and currency plunged after Humala won the first-round
vote on April 10. Stocks were 2.8 percent higher on Thursday
and the sol hovered near a three-year high of 2.749 per U.S.
Fujimori's opponents say she is too close to her father and
too reliant on his former aides. Her father's government
collapsed in 2000.
(Reporting by Terry Wade and Teresa Cespedes; Editing by Eric
Beech and Cynthia Osterman)