Peru has been embroiled in a political crisis with near-daily protests since December 7.
Peru’s Congress has rejected a request by embattled President Dina Boluarte to bring forward elections to December 2023, as protests that have killed dozens rage on against her leadership.
Lawmakers agreed last month to bring forward elections from 2026 to April 2024. But in a plenary session held during Saturday’s early hours, Congress rejected the proposal, with 45 votes in favour, 65 against and two abstentions.
Left-wing parties demanded that the advancement of elections be accompanied by a constitutional convention – something protesters have repeatedly called for.
“With this vote, the constitutional reform proposal for the advancement of elections is rejected,” Congress President Jose Williams said, after more than seven hours of debate.
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Update #1: Peru: Congress rejects bill to bring general elections forward to 2023 (Andina)
Update #2: Peru’s parliament opposes postponement of presidential elections (News.am)
WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediciton. The protests are going to continue.