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Changing the Constitution not a priority for most Peruvians

Changing the Constitution not a priority for most Peruvians

Lima, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The majority of Peruvians consider that the priority of the government of President Pedro Castillo should be the economic reactivation and the creation of jobs, while only 10% see as essential to promote the drafting of a new Constitution, according to an opinion poll released Sunday by El Comercio newspaper.
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The study, carried out by the private company Ipsos, indicated that 57% of the Peruvian population believes that the economic sector should be the priority in the next months of administration, followed by progress of the vaccination against covid-19 (38%) and the fight against corruption (37%) and crime (35%).

To a lesser extent, 31% of those surveyed responded that one of the issues to which the Government should devote more efforts is the development of programs to reduce poverty, 30% bet on the improvement of education services and 25% on the support to agriculture.

At the bottom of the list of citizen preferences is the promotion of infrastructure works (11%) and a change of the Constitution (10%).

The elaboration of a new Constitution to replace the current one, implemented in 1993 by Alberto Fujimori’s regime (1990-2000), was one of the main banners of Castillo’s electoral campaign, supported by his party, Peru Libre.

However, the new Prime Minister, Mirtha Vásquez, has already ruled out that the realization of a Constituent Assembly is a priority of the Government at this moment and indicated that efforts will be directed to encourage the immunization process against covid-19, the economic reactivation and the return to presential classes.


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