The Congress of Peru has rejected this Friday at the last minute to advance the call for presidential elections to 2023, after hours before the Fujimori bench raised replace the previous proposal for the holding of the elections, established in April 2024.

With 65 votes against, 45 in favor and two abstentions, the replacement text proposed by the president of the Constitution Commission and congressman of Fuerza Popular, Hernando Guerra García, has been rejected by the Andean Parliament, staying far from the 87 votes neededhas reported ‘The Republic’.

The proposal has been rejected after Congress approved with 78 votes to vote on a possible change in the date of the elections, agreed on December 20 in a preliminary vote for April 2024.

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Specifically, the left-wing bench has rejected the measure, alleging the need for a new electoral process include a Constituent Assembly, considering that the proposal made by the Fuerza Popular fujimorista were “fraudulent”.

However, although an advance in the date of the elections has not been approved -as the participants in the protests that are shaking the country claim-, next Monday, February 30, it will be submitted to a new reconsideration, all this after the Congress president, José Williams, has suspended the session, according to the RPP radio station.

Meanwhile, the president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, has urged Congress hours before to set “the date and time» to advance the elections, qualifying the measure as urgent.

Peru is immersed in a deep political crisis born after the impeachment by Congress of former President Pedro Castillo

«That this proposal that does not have no conditioning It is going to get us out of this quagmire we are in (…) That the elections be brought forward to the date and time that Congress says. Immediately we, from the Executive branch, will be calling those elections,” added the president.

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Peru is plunged into a deep political crisis born after the dismissal by Congress of former President Pedro Castillo, who announced on December 7 the dissolution of the Andean Parliament and the establishment of an emergency government.

After the arrest of the former president, tens of thousands of people have come out to protest in various parts of the country to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Congress and the urgent call for presidential elections. Since then, more than 60 people have lost their lives in riots between protesters and security forces.

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