LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s President Dina Boluarte denied Saturday that she was going to offer her resignation, as requested by many protests and some legislators in Congress, and asked parliament to call general elections as a remedy. Requested for approval. to quell violent demonstrations, in which 20 people have been killed, according to the government.
“There is a group that says ‘Dina, resign’, but what has been resolved? The problem has not been resolved. We will stay here till the Congress gives its nod for early elections. Let us say no to violence. must persevere… others in their political vendetta are calling for Dina to resign. And what is the alternative solution? Peru is not about political revenge,” Boluaarte told his ministers and military and police commanders. announced at a press conference.
Boluaarte questioned Congress for not approving early elections, one of the population’s demands, and demanded that parliamentarians “act towards the country” without “excuses”, or an excuse for not approving mandate cuts. Hide behind absence.
“Half measures do not solve problems, it is in your hands, Congressmen. Don’t be blind, watch the population and act. (…) Be honest with the people, tell them who you want to be with,” the ruler demanded from parliament.
“The early elections have the ball in the Congress’s court,” he reiterated.
Boluaarte also announced that he would reconstitute the cabinet, which has already suffered two casualties from the deadly protests: the Ministers of Education and Culture.
Speaking in Quechua—the native language spoken by 13.6% of Peruvians, especially in the protest areas—he called for peace, claiming that he was a Peruvian just like them.
Ministers and military and police commanders highlighted the country’s situation amid protests that ousted President Pedro Castillo last week.
The head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, Manuel Gómez de la Torre, said 53 highways were blocked nationwide and were being cleared with the armed forces since the government declared a state of emergency.
Police Commander General Raúl Enrique Alfaro said that more than 290 members of his organization were injured and seven were kidnapped in these protests.