Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Peru: Congress debates electoral gains to pacify the country

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s Congress interrupted its session amid incidents after demands were made to approve an advance general election to quell last week’s violent protests following the ouster of Pedro Castillo as president.

The proposed electoral advance would consider a new vote for both the office of the president and the renewal of legislators. However, the vote did not have enough support and the session was interrupted due to disagreements between left-wing groups, who call for holding a Constituent Assembly and drafting a new constitution and including consultation with the population on the possibility of rejection. . Right-wing legislative groups.

The project to push for elections, one of the demands of the protests, had 29 votes in favor, 33 against and 25 abstentions from the Congress of 130 MPs. A request for reconsideration has been made to vote again, a request that will be addressed when the session resumes.

Meanwhile, in the interior of the country, protests have added another day and have already reached 18 dead and 200 injured, according to Health Minister Rosa Gutierrez.

The tension on the streets has already been reflected in the first resignations in the government of Dina Boluaarte. Education Minister Patricia Coria resigned from her post, alleging that “there is no justification for the death of compatriots.” He reprimanded that “state violence cannot be disproportionate and cause death.” Later, Culture Minister Jair Pérez Branez also resigned.

Boluaarte announced that he would travel to the interior regions of the country to listen to the demands of the population. “All these efforts, with a clear objective: social peace in the country,” said the president from the Chorrillos Military School, where he attended a graduation ceremony for 270 new army officers.

The mobilization has also hit commerce and tourism, following claims by dozens of foreigners stuck in visiting areas due to the blockage of highways and transport services. The Ministry of Transport announced on Friday that Cusco airport in southern Peru will resume its operations at 1:30 p.m. today.

Housing Minister Hania Pérez de Cuellar and Environment Albina Ruiz left for the Madre de Dios region in the Peruvian jungle with 10 tons of aluminum sulfate, an essential input for the treatment of drinking water. On leaving, he remarked that each minister had a designated area to attend to and that humanitarian flights would be made with armed forces aircraft to transport stranded tourists and the sick.

“For technical flight reasons we have to stop in some places and what we are doing is registering both the sick and the stranded tourists,” Pérez de Cuéllar explained to the press, adding that it is the coordination of the executive have work.

Sacked Pedro Castillo will remain in pre-trial custody for 18 months, as requested by the prosecutor’s office, because of a flight risk due to a judge’s decision taken on Thursday. The hearing and judicial decision took into account the intentions of the former Peruvian president and Mexico’s positive response when it came to obtaining political asylum.

Castillo faced charges of insurrection, conspiracy, abuse of authority and serious disturbance of the public peace as a result of his attempt to dissolve Congress on Wednesday of the previous week, just before a scheduled vote in the Legislature for his dismissal. After the announcement, he was eventually dismissed, also arrested, and replaced as head of state by Dina Boluaarte.

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