President of Peru presents a project to convene a Constituent Assembly | News


The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, presented a bill to the Congress of the Republic on Monday through which the current Constitution can be subject to reform, in addition to allowing the convening of a Constituent Assembly to be submitted to a referendum for that purpose.


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Said bill, proposes through the incorporation of article 207 of the Political Constitution that, “the elaboration and approval of the new Constitution project is in charge of a Constituent Assembly elected by the people, whose constitutional text proposal is submitted to a popular ratifying referendum.

It happens that article 206 of the current Magna Carta has only two ways for its transformation: the approving vote of 66 congressmen and ratification via referendum; or approving vote of 87 parliamentarians in two consecutive legislatures.

Therefore, President Castillo and the head of the ministerial cabinet, Aníbal Torres, urgently submitted the proposal to Parliament, accompanied by an official letter signed by the head of state.

The document also states that Congress will be the entity that debates and approves the bill before it is submitted to popular consultation via referendum, which is expected to happen in the municipal and regional elections on October 2.

The text adds that said consultation process will have an autonomous and independent character with respect to the electoral process, will have its own special certificate, and therefore does not contemplate the modification of any of the rules that will govern the regional and municipal elections.

The document details that “the constituted powers or constitutionally autonomous bodies cannot prevent in any way the decisions of the Constituent Assembly. This will also not be able to modify the current period of the mandate for which the president and the congressmen of the Republic were elected.

The proposal for a new Magna Carta must be drafted once installed within a period of nine months, after which it may be extended exclusively for 120 days.

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