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Peru’s Minister calls for popular mobilization against coup attempts

Peru’s Minister calls for popular mobilization against coup attempts

Lima, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) Peru's Minister of Justice Anibal Torres stated today that popular mobilization is the last resort to counter the coup advances against President Pedro Castillo, although the Government avoids social conflict.

The minister referred to the scenario created by a law recently approved by the parliamentary opposition, which reduces to a minimum the possibility for the head of State to dissolve the Congress of the Republic in the face of its obstructionism, under right-wing control.

‘What is to be done? The only way left is to turn to the population, which is demanding it; I constantly receive calls in which they tell me ‘summon us,” he said in a television interview in which he reiterated that the aforementioned legislation paves the way for a parliamentary coup through Castillo’s impeachment.

He added, however, that ‘we do not want to create a social conflict, we have to ask for calm, because that is what corresponds to us,’ on reiterating that the questioned law breaks the balance between the powers in favor of the Legislative and violates the Magna Carta.

Previously, the Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez stated that, despite the illegality and the congressional imposition, the Executive persists in the search for dialogue and consensus for the sake of democratic stability and governability.

That policy was expressed in the previous decision of President Castillo to reshuffle his ministerial cabinet, dispensing with ministers whose removal was demanded by the right wing, and in the proposal of Vasquez to agree on the regulation of the requirements for the dismissal of the president by the unicameral parliament.

In that regard, Minister Torres pointed out yesterday the paradox that the response of what he called the ultra-right wing in Congress…was to unilaterally disarm the executive and continue with its coup plans.

He reiterated today that the Government will challenge the recent law to the Constitutional Court (TC), which, according to constitutionalist Luciano Lopez, is shaping up to be difficult because the appeal can only be approved with the votes of five of its seven members, which is far from certain.

Jurist Omar Cairo pointed out that the law contradicts a TC ruling, according to which the Executive can ask the Legislature for confidence in the ministerial cabinet -whose refusal twice empowers the president to dissolve the parliament- for any reason and in any manner, except for what corresponds to the exclusive powers of the Legislature.

According to precedents, the TC never issues a sentence that contradicts a previous sentence of its own, since its decisions set precedents of mandatory application.


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