Peru: Boluarte announces a constitutional reform if Congress does not approve the electoral advance

The President of Peru, Dina Boluarte, announced this sunday two constitutional reform projects to hold general elections this year, in the event that Congress does not approve the advancement of the elections.

One of Boluarte’s proposals is to hold the elections on second Sunday of October, The 15th daywhile the second round would be in December.

Secondly, he indicated that the second bill is a reform of the 1993 Constitution by the next elected Parliament, after its approval in Congress. It must be submitted to a referendum so that the public can decide if the reform is approved.

“The Executive’s proposal with this legislative initiative seeks a broad participation of citizens, especially those sectors most excluded from society”has expressed after arguing that “this bill fits perfectly into the expectation that a sector of Congress has.”

Likewise, the Peruvian president criticized Parliament for not having managed to approve the electoral advance, despite the fact that the massive demonstrations that are taking place ask for it.

“The Congress of the Republic was debating the advancement of elections to 2023. And as we already know at this time, (it has been) a sterile debate (in which) nothing concrete has been reached except the reconsideration that tomorrow it will be debated and that, We hope, it deserves a second reflection, given the seriousness of the situation “lamented Boluarte.

The Ombudsman of Peru pointed out this Sunday the responsibility of the country’s institutions, criticizing that “The death of people in protests is not a ‘social cost’, nor ‘collateral damage’”.

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“The most morally repulsive way to act is to let people die. when you have in your hands the political power to pacify and change the tragic course of these days. The Legislative Power and the Executive Power can do it,” reads a statement from the agency, which reported that 58 deaths have been recorded since the start of the protests.

Peru is submerged in a deep political crisis born after the removal by Congress of former President Pedro Castillo, who announced on December 7 the dissolution of the Andean Parliament and the establishment of an emergency government.

After the arrest of the former president, tens of thousands of people have come out to protest in various parts of the country to request the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Congress and the urgent call for presidential elections.

The OAS will address the situation in Peru in an extraordinary session this Monday

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened for this Monday a extraordinary session to discuss the situation in Peru and the recent wave of protests, reported the Minister of Foreign Relations, Ana María Gervasi.

Gervasi explained that the session will be held at the request of Colombia and in it they will present the efforts of the Government “to overcome this complex political crisis that we have been going through since December 7 of last year”, according to the RPP radio station.

On the other hand, the Andean parliamentarian Luis Galarreta sent a letter to Chancellor Gervasi so that, in her capacity as president of the Andean Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, she convenes the Andean Presidential Council to “evaluate the subregional integration process”.

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Galarreta criticized the “unacceptable interference of some heads of state of member countries of the Andean Community, as is the case of Bolivia and Colombia”. Thus, he requested that the application of Decision 878 of the Andean Community be evaluated, that is, “the suspension of the migratory flow between Peru and Bolivia.”

(With information from Europe Press)

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