Lima, (EFE).- The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, urged Congress this Friday to approve an electoral advance for 2023, despite the fact that there are scheduled to be general elections in April 2024, as a measure to get out of the crisis that the country is going through and in response to one of the main demands of the protests taking place in the country.
«If (the parties) Fuerza Popular and Alianza para el Progreso are asking for what they had already presented (an electoral advance to 2023), that this proposal be resumed in this sense, which has no conditions and will get us out of the quagmire in the one we are in, “said Boluarte in a government act.
The Fujimori party Fuerza Popular proposed this Thursday that the advance of general elections in Peru in April 2024 be modified for a date this year, a position that will be debated again today in Parliament.
In his speech, Boluarte recalled that “the people are saying ‘advancement of elections'”, for which, initially, his government had “proposed April (20)24 as the date for the elections”, a project that was approved in the Congress in the first vote and must be ratified in the second.
“However, the protest marches continue, there are more blockades, there is more violence and, yes, we discussed it with the Minister of Justice and the Prime Minister and we put the bill to advance (…) to the ministers for consideration. December 2023,” explained the president.
Boluarte calls on Parliament
For this reason, he asked Parliament to meet the request of Fuerza Popular and criticized that, “if from the side of the radical left”, they raise conditions such as including a consultation on a constituent assembly, they will be giving “one more justification to be able to radicalize and bloody the country.
“They are generating more crises and they are not thinking about this problem that these mobilizations are generating. Let the elections go ahead at the date and time that Congress says. Immediately, we will be calling those elections », he concluded.
Fujimori legislator Hernando Guerra García surprised Parliament on Thursday by requesting a reconsideration of the vote approved, in the first instance, on December 20 for the general elections to be held in April 2024.
As it is a constitutional reform, that first vote must still have the favorable vote of 87 legislators in a following legislature, which the Constitution Commission has also agreed to bring forward to this February 15, a measure that must still be debated and voted by the plenary.
Guerra García proposed that a substitute text be drawn up for the advancement of the election date to 2023 after the National Executive Committee (CEN) of Fuerza Popular, led by Keiko Fujimori, raised that measure in a statement.