Congress of Peru rejects new project to advance elections for 2023 | News

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With 75 votes against, the Peruvian Congress rejected on Thursday an opinion that proposed an advancement of general elections and a referendum to call a Constituent Assembly for the middle of this year.


Demonstrations against the Government of Peru continue

The initiative, which was introduced by the Peru Libre party, which nominated Pedro Castillo for the presidency in the 2021 elections, received only 48 votes in favor, with 75 against and one abstention, far from the 87 that were needed to be approved.

Peru Libre tried to have presidential and legislative elections called for the second Sunday of July 2023, in addition to holding a referendum for the population to approve and reject the call for a Constituent Assembly.

The advancement of the elections and the creation of a new Magna Carta, as well as the resignation of the designated president Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress and the release of Castillo, are the demands of various Peruvian social groups that have been demonstrating since last December, when the president was removed and imprisoned.

The strong repression by the police against the protests has left a balance of more than 60 dead and hundreds injured and arrested.

Last Wednesday, the Peruvian parliament (with a vote of 54 in favor, 68 against and two abstentions) rejected a project presented on the advancement of the complementary general elections to December 2023.

A legislative initiative sent by the Executive branch led by Boluarte to hold presidential and parliamentary elections for next October is pending, as a way out of the crisis that the country has been experiencing since the previous December.

This Thursday, the peaceful mobilizations against the Boluarte government continued, particularly in several provinces of the country.

TeleSUR's collaborator in Peru, Lucas Aguayo, reported that in Lima "nearly 500 people were outside the Palace of Justice who called themselves to demonstrate against the government of Dina Boluarte and demand her resignation."

In Cusco, in the southeast of the country, the population carried out a total strike, while there were blockades on access roads and the mobilization of various delegations of peasant communities calling for the resignation of Boluarte and the closure of Congress.

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