Friday, January 27, 2023

Peru’s Congress opens door to early elections

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s Congress opened the door Tuesday for progress on general elections, agreeing to revisit a project to quell protests that began after the ouster of President Pedro Castillo. And he couldn’t finish last week.

Out of a total of 130 MLAs, with 94 votes in favor and 25 against, the request to revoke the project’s approval was approved last Friday.

The initiative seeks to curtail the mandates of the executive and legislature, which were due to expire in 2026, calling for new elections, given the shutdown of Congress and the resignation of Dina Boluarte, who assumed the presidency after Castillo’s departure. .

The congressional session began with a minute’s silence for the 26th death that occurred the day before, according to the government, in a confrontation between law enforcement and informal miners who blocked a highway in the Chala region of Arequipa. Was, about 610 kilometers south of Lima.

The project proposes that general elections be held in December 2023 and the current mandate expires in July 2024.

Leftists who voted against the motion allege a consultation should be added to the population whether they want a Constituent Assembly to draw up a new Magna Carta and order cuts to July 2023 as protests demand momentum .

The right wing, meanwhile, maintains that other reforms should be included so that the elected government and congressmen do not generate the disapproval of the population which is currently the case again.

Meanwhile, the protests continue. The day before, the health ministry reported 26 deaths and 39 hospitalizations.

Analysts consulted by The Associated Press qualified the impact of the early polls.

“At this point, although it is important … it will no longer be enough,” said political scientist Veronica Ayala, a professor at Peru’s Pontifical Catholic University.

“It is not enough to push elections from above, but to do it in an interactive way. Therein lies the problem of the road: they are not taken into account for major decisions”, said political scientist Martín Navarro, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos is considered a professor.

Political scientist Paolo Sosa, a researcher at the Institute of Peruvian Studies, noted that the population believes “congressmen are looking to stay or buy time to make reforms that allow them to be re-elected”. The discontent of the protestors maximizes their demand: that they all leave as soon as possible”.

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