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Jaime Bayly, Mario Vargas Llosa, & the Turd Sandwich That is Peru's Presidential Election

Jaime Bayly may be dying, but the Peruvian talkshow host is still stirring the pot in his nation's upcoming presidential election.

He recently released a video linking leftist candidate Ollanta Humala to a deadly revolt back in 2005. And he claims that the other candidate, Keiko Fujimori -- daughter of disgraced strongman Alberto Fujimori -- will be little more than her father's "geisha" if elected.

Meanwhile, Peru's Noble Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa has likened the election to "choosing between AIDS and terminal cancer."

WTF, Peru?

Sunday's election pits Humala against Fujimori for the second time. Humala won nearly 32 percent in a first round of voting held in April.

Fujimori, only 36 years old, came in second with 23 percent. In the lead-up to the run-off, she has tried to portray Humala as an Hugo Chávez-like leftist whose policies will hurt Peru's soaring economy.

Humala, meanwhile, has backed away from some early promises to nationalize key industries, instead bashing away at the decade long reign of Fujimori's father. He was convicted of human rights violations, embezzlement, and bribery in 2009 and is serving a 25-year sentence.

On his popular Mega TV show here in Miami, Bayly has said that a president Keiko Fujimori would be little more than a puppet of her incarcerated father. Early on in her campaign, she said her top priority was pardoning him, but has since apologized for his "mistakes."

Meanwhile, Vargas Llosa, who helped launch Bayly's career as a novelist, accuses his estranged protégé of being "a clown" and "a true malign buffoon" in line with the Fujimoris.

Below, a video that Bayly says is "proof" of Ollanta Humala's involvement in a 2005 uprising that killed four police officers:

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.