Congress of Peru has approved a petition this Monday Reconsider the rejected vote last Friday A project will be brought forward in October this year for the general elections in the country.
The decision, which passed with 66 votes in favor, 44 against and 6 abstentions from the plenary session, received a decisive vote from Congress President, right-wing Jose Williams, reaching the minimum required to be accepted.
that side, Congress to hold debate again to build consensus This allows it to reach the 87 votes needed to progress to this year’s elections which, if approved, must be voted on again in the next legislature, as it is a constitutional reform.
Debate and vote, initially scheduled for Monday it has been postponed to Tuesday, “By order of the President of the Congress of the Republic, the plenary session will continue on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT),” the Legislature announced via its official Twitter account.
At the start of the debate, Fujimorista Arturo Alegría, the author of the petition for reconsideration, told legislators that they “have to answer to the public” and “take into account the crisis” that their country is facing, referring to anti-government protests. There have been 65 deaths attributed to demonstrations since last December.
In response, Flavio Cruz, a spokesman for the Marxist party Peru Libre, has said that “the population is demanding that the president, Dina Boluaarte, resign” and that “this will help the solution that the whole country is looking for.”
Disparity of opinion among MPs
After ruling out the possibility of approving an electoral advance to October, he has asked the plenary session to take into account the minority opinion presented by his party, which requests andl advance of the election for four months from now, With the inclusion of a consultation on the Constituent Assembly.
In turn, Jorge Montoya of the ultra-conservative Renovación Popular party has ruled out any possibility of holding an early election. 2026When should the current term end, and Fujimorista Patricia Juárez has said that “it is a difficult moment” and the aim should be to “achieve the country’s long-awaited peace” and acknowledge the progress of the elections.
The plenary session of Congress rejected on Friday a move to push the country’s general election until next October, a project proposed by Fujimorista Hernando Guerra García after debating it for more than eight hours. In this way, another election-advance project was also sidelined, which was initially approved on 20 December, so that elections could be held in April 2024.