Peruvian president calls for early elections to 2023 due to political crisis

For seven weeks, the country has been the scene of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Dina Boluarte, new votes and a reformulation of the Constituent Assembly

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Photo of a handout distributed by the press office of the Peruvian Presidency shows Peruvian President Dina Boluarte speaking during an event to send medicine and medical equipment to the Apurimac region, in southern Peru, in Lima, on January 27, 2023

the president of Peru, Dina Boluarteasked Congress to bring forward the presidential elections to December 2023. The request was made this Friday, the 27th, and is a way out of the serious crisis that the country has been experiencing since Pedro Castillo he was removed from office in December 2022. “We put this bill to the consideration of the ministers to bring forward the elections to December 2023”, said Boluarte, in a government act at the military airport in Lima. “From the Executive, we had proposed that these elections be brought forward to April 2024, a project that was voted on once in Congress and is awaiting the second vote. But the protests continue, there are more blockades and violence,” acknowledged Boluarte. For seven weeks, Peru has been the scene of demonstrations calling for Boluarte’s resignation, general elections and a new Constituent Assembly. The Peruvian leader’s request for a new anticipation of the elections comes at a time of relentless marches and roadblocks that have generated problems of shortages of fuel, food and medical supplies. “If the parties Fuerza Popular and Alianza para el Progreso are asking for what they had already presented – an anticipation of the elections for 2023 -, that this proposal be resumed, in this sense, which has no conditions and will get us out of the quagmire we are in” , said Boluarte. Amid protests in Lima and in the Andean south, poor and historically marginalized regions, the Fuerza Popular Fujimorist party proposed, on Thursday (26), to bring forward the April 2024 general elections in Peru to a date this year. Congress is due to debate the issue this Friday.

Source: Jovempan

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