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Parliamentary majority opposes electoral advance in Peru

Parliamentary majority opposes electoral advance in Peru

Parliamentary majority opposes electoral advance in Peru

Lima, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The expectation for a greater electoral advance to alleviate the serious Peruvian crisis is today in uncertainty due to parliamentary resistance and the apparent acceptance of the government to wait until April 2024.

Versions close to the Government Palace assured that the Executive would propose this week a project to hold elections this year, meeting one of the demands of the protest movement that is blocking dozens of highways, paralyzing entire cities and marchings in most of the regions.

The surprise visit of the Prime Minister, Alberto Otarola, to the Congress President, Jose Williams, gave rise yesterday to the version that, together with the heads of Defense, Jorge Chavez; the Interior, Vicente Romero, and Justice, Jose Tello, he was going to agree on a new date, perhaps October, for upcoming elections.

The visit made the extreme right-wing congressmen nervous, such as Jorge Montoya and Alejandro Cavero, who argue the Parliament should continue until 2026, when the term of office of the dismissed Pedro Castillo would end.

Cavero, in harsh terms, summoned President Dina Boluarte, aware of the rumors, saying she had decided the new advance and Montoya rejected to attend the demand of the protests, whose protagonists both consider as instruments of the alleged terrorism.

However, when leaving the meeting, Otarola said they discussed the approval as soon as possible of the ratification by the plenary of the holding of elections in April 2024 and added that ‘we are satisfied with the established schedule that now does reflect the high sense of urgency that the situation of the country demands’.

Legislator Flavio Cruz, of the leftist Peru Libre Party, denounced a pact between the Government and the congressional majority, to delay the elections, without complying with the popular sentiment that in all polls demands the resignation of the Executive and the Legislative.

However, the National Assembly of Regional Governments from all over the country submitted a project to hold the general elections in the next months and its president, Rohel Sanchez, said they presented the proposal to the National Jury of Elections and this organ responded that it is possible.


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