Peruvian Congress gives ‘green light’ to reconsider bringing forward presidential elections to 2023

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The Peruvian Congress has approved this Friday a proposal to reconsider bringing forward the presidential elections to the end of 2023 instead of April 2024, as initially approved by the congressmen.

The full Andean Parliament has approved the initiative with 78 votes in favor, 34 against and seven abstentions, so that the advance of the elections can be debated and voted again.

The proposal has been presented this Thursday by the president of the Constitution Commission, Hernando Guerra García, belonging to the pro-Fujimori Fuerza Popular, with the aim of alleviating the governmental and social crisis that has been taking place in Peru for the last few months after the removal of former president Pedro Castillo.

Guerra Garcia’s proposal was to reconsider the vote approved last December 20, where the holding of early elections next April 2024 was approved in the first instance.

However, the fujimorista congressman has discarded that the possible advance of the elections would allow the inclusion in the vote of the call for a constituent assembly, as proposed by the parties of the left, according to the Peruvian news agency Andina.

For her part, the President of Peru, Dina Boluarte, has urged the Congress to set «the date and time» to bring forward the elections.

«The proposal, which has no conditions, will get us out of this quagmire we are in (…) The elections should be brought forward to the date and time set by Congress. Immediately we, from the Executive, will be calling those elections», added the President according to ‘La República’.

According to the figures of the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office, more than fifty people have died in the clashes with the security forces during the protests that are taking place in the country to demand the ouster of President Dina Boluarte, the calling of early elections and the closing of the Congress.