July 25, 2021

Peru will hold a constitutional reform referendum despite parliamentary attempts to overturn it

Peru will hold a constitutional reform referendum despite parliamentary attempts to overturn it



Peru will hold the referendum on constitutional reform proposed by President Martín Vizcarra "so rain or shine," despite attempts by Parliament to nullify and reformulate two of the four questions that are planned to consult the public, said today Prime Minister César Villanueva.

"The referendum is because it is already convened by the president of the Republic (…) so it rains and trickles," Villanueva said in statements to the ATV channel of Peruvian television.

The politician referred to the proposed law that on Thursday night was presented by members of the Peruvian Aprista Party (APRA), allies of the Fujimorist Fuerza Popular, which calls for the revocation of part of the authorization that the Peruvian Congress granted on October 4 for Bring to referendum the constitutional reform proposals promoted by Vizcarra.

Specifically, the proposal calls for annulling the vote on the reform concerning the restitution of the bicamerality and the one that would prevent the re-election of parliamentarians.

Thus, Peruvians could only vote on December 9, the date set for the referendum, on whether they accept the reform of the Judiciary and on the financing of political parties.

In that sense, Villanueva said that those who propose this measure "are now afraid of the referendum."

"They have not wanted a referendum for a long time because they are afraid that the population will vote directly, it is preferable to vote among 130 congressmen who agree and vote," he said.

Villanueva added that both the National Elections Board and the National Electoral Processes Office are already working on organizing the referendum, which was convened by the head of state by supreme decree.

Last October 9, Vizcarra signed the decree by which the referendum was called with the four reforms, although, in a decision that surprised many, announced that he would ask "no" to the query on the return to the bicameral congressional.

Vizcarra argued that this reform was "denaturalized" during its processing in the Legislative, where changes were incorporated into his proposal that, among other things, limited the constitutional authority to the president to dissolve the chamber if trust is denied to two cabinets of ministers during his term. management.

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