Castillo requests to go to the Congress of Peru for a vacancy request | News

The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, requested on Friday to appear before the Congress of the Republic, to present his message next Tuesday, the day after the preliminary debate of a vacancy motion (impeachment), after this week about 50 opposition congressmen submit the petition to Parliament.

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The request was announced by the Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, to the head of Congress, Maricarmen Alva, in a statement, where the Peruvian president’s message received the approval of the Council of Ministers this Thursday.

This document was based on a constitutional norm that dictates that the head of state can send messages, both personally or in writing, to the Legislative body, as he deems appropriate, in addition to the annual message at the beginning of the first legislature.



The request is closely related to the impeachment process that will be debated this Monday, when the plenary session will discuss whether the presidential vacancy motion is admitted for debate and, if it is approved, the head of state or his lawyer must exercise his defense before the organ.

The 50 opposition congressmen who presented the request to dismiss the president hope that the two necessary votes will be obtained to complete the 52 that the law dictates, so that the motion can be debated.

Castillo would be ready to assume his defense, if the motion is approved, and he will expose in a general way and leave the specific defense to his lawyer, in accordance with the regulated procedure.

For his part, the businessman and head of the center-right Alliance for Progress (APP) party, César Acuña, considers that the measure will not reach the majority of the two-thirds of votes necessary for its approval (87 of 130 congressmen).



“We hope that this government manages better every day, surrounds itself with better people, with better profiles. That will help you. What all Peruvians want, what we should aspire to, is that this government, which has been democratically elected, be maintained,” he added.

With these statements, Acuña contradicted the position of his caucus in favor of dismissing the president, as announced by his party’s parliamentary spokesman, Eduardo Salhuana, and the general secretary of APP, Luis Valdez.

Valdez also criticized the four congressmen from his caucus who did not vote this week against the ratifying trust granted by Congress to the Ministerial Cabinet, and argued that his group would vote for the vacancy.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the extreme right Fuerza Popular, Hernando Guerra García, affirmed that the vacancy does have the necessary votes, without specifying how.