Plenary session of the Congress of the Republic.
progress. The start of the second legislature 2022-2023 of the Congress of the Republic will begin ahead of schedule, in response to the complex political and social situation in the country, after receiving the necessary votes in the Constitution and Regulation Commission.
The measure was approved in the working group, chaired by Congressman Hernando Guerra García (Popular Force), after receiving fifteen votes in favor and eight against.
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The proposal was formulated, days ago, by the Board of Directors of Parliament through a legislative resolution. The head of the Legislative Assembly, José Williams Zapata, commented that this was proposed with the aim of approving the advancement of elections to April 2024 in a second vote.
The president of the republic, Dina Boluarte, had already publicly requested Congress to speed up the ratification of the early elections, in a second vote, to apply the massive mobilizations throughout the national territory.
The latest demonstrations were concentrated in Lima. (Reuters)
The early elections in the country were scheduled for April 2024, on December 20, 2022, after intense protests and acts of vandalism in southern regions of Peru.
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At that time, the Plenary approved the opinion with 93 votes in favour, 30 votes against and 1 abstention. In this way, the presidential mandate of the dignitary Dina Boluarte will end on July 28 of next year.
The president of Parliament, José Williams Zapata, stated at that time that the measure was ordered “in view of the number of votes reached, and in exercise of the power that the Political Constitution reserves for the Congress of the Republic, the text will be subject to debate and second vote in the following ordinary legislature”.
However, various congressmen, from leftist benches such as the Magisterial Block (BM), indicated that their respective parliamentary groups will support this ratification only if an eventual citizen consultation to convene a constituent assembly is included in the congressional agenda.
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“The street asks for a consultation for a referendum for the constituent assembly, and I think that not taking into account the early election and adding this consultation would not be looking for a solution to the crisis. It is not just about bringing the date forward, making changes and we all leave, no (…) We agree that the vote for the early elections be ratified, but you have to listen to the street. It is not conditioning, it is looking for a solution”, indicated the legislator Edgar Tello of BM.
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