The plenary session of the Peruvian Congress rejected early this morning a move to advance general elections in the country to next October, after debating for more than eight hours a project proposed in this regard by Fujimorista Hernando Guerra García, president of the Constitutional Commission. done. ,
offer Got 45 votes in favor, 65 against and two againstHowever, after the vote the Speaker of the Congress, Jose Williams, explained that a request for reconsideration had been submitted, which would be debated next Monday and would mean a new vote.
,the session is adjourned #PlenoDelCongreso Monday, 30 January, from 10:00 a.m., to vote on the reconsideration of the vote on the substitute text of Bill 1897, 1918 and others, which proposes the establishment of a general election process for 2023. pic.twitter.com/roRLmFnetE,
— Congress of Peru (@congresoperu) January 28, 2023
Being a constitutional reform, such projects Had to get favorable vote of 87 MPs To be approved in two consecutive assemblies. During the debate, Guerra García stated that the advance in the election date was “a necessity” to give relief to his country “and to the citizens”.
The project proposed that special temporary provisions be included so that general elections are held in October 2023, a new Congress takes office on 31 December and a new government on 1 January 2024. The next executive and legislature will complete their functions. Exceptionally, by July 2029, six months more than the five years established in the constitution, with the aim of resuming at a later period the traditional one, July 28, the Independence Day opening date in the national capital.
More than 60 deaths since December
to date, at least 64 killed in protests since December 11, Of them, according to data from the Office of the Ombudsman, 46 died in conflict with security forces in anti-government protestsWhile a policeman died after being burnt alive by the protesters.
These victims are added 11 killed in road jam related incidents And one death that occurred in the northern region of La Libertad, police confirmed.
Similarly, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Annur) reported the deaths of four Haitians, in addition to one unborn child confirmed by UNICEF, who could not receive medical aid due to roadblocks.
Armed forces and police begin to open roads
The Peruvian Ministry of Defense has reported that the security forces, with units of the armed forces in support of the police, they have started opening the roads Disrupted since December by anti-government protesters in various regions of the country.
A contingent of 200 soldiers from the Army’s Third Division has supported agents of the National Police (PNP) to clear the Camana bridge, located on the Panamericana Sur highway and one of the main access roads to the Arequipa region. country.
The defense also indicated that soldiers of the Wurm Special Command arrived in the town of Pukara in the central region of Junin to help the elderly, pregnant women and mothers with minors affected by the blockade of the central highway.
, Today law enforcement opened the Camana Bridge in Arequipa, complying with the government’s provisions to guarantee freedom of transit. #our mission el peru pic.twitter.com/CJAxlEO6Y6,
— Mindef Peru (@MindefPeru) January 28, 2023
For their part, parties from the Northern Operational Command have supported the National Police in the security of the Norperuano Pipeline Station No. 6, located in the Amazonas region and considered an “important asset” of the country, with the aim of allowing safe transportation. hydrocarbons.
Tourism is losing about sixty million euros per day due to the protests.
The Peruvian government has informed that Tourism in the country is registering a loss of 2.5 crores per day. (5.7 million euros) due to the social conflict that began after the ouster of former Peruvian president Pedro Castillo on 7 December.
This is detailed by Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Luis Helguero, in the commission of the same name in the country’s Congress, where he regretted that Peru had projected a 27% growth in the tourism sector after the loss of 2020. due to the coronavirus pandemic.