Peru’s Opus Dei presidential candidate wears a sackcloth “to keep his desires in check”

The 60-year-old Rafael López Aliaga financier and rail magnate has jumped in recent opinion polls ahead of the April 11 first round vote, and could force a second round run-off with populist front-runner Yonhy Lescano.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Peru’s Rafael López Aliaga, an ultra-conservative member of Opus Dei who practices celibacy and says he wears a sackcloth to keep his physical desires in check, has a serious shot at becoming the Andean country’s next president.

The 60-year-old has jumped in recent opinion polls ahead of the April 11 first round vote, and is firmly within a cluster of contenders who could force a second round run-off with populist front-runner Yonhy Lescano.

López Aliaga, a financier and rail magnate, said his first action as president would . . .

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