The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, has met in recent days with the leaders of the two largest groups in Congress, both on the right, with the aim of sealing an alliance that guarantees the approval of the last project capable of bringing forward the next presidential elections to a date still in 2023.
The meetings took place at the Pizarro Palace, seat of the Peruvian Executive Branch, in Lima. First, the representative received the leader of the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former dictator Alberto Fujimori, on Wednesday night (02/15). This Thursday morning (02/16), it was the turn of César Acuña, from the ultraliberal Alliance for the Country (APP) party.
According to the newspaper The RepublicBoluarte intends to seal an agreement with different benches to try to approve the government project that foresees general elections in the country in October 2023, with a possible second round in November, but without holding a referendum to call a constituent assembly.
The project is paralyzed in Congress and the initiative to resume discussion needs a simple majority, that is, 66 votes in favor of a total of 130. This vote should take place tomorrow, as the government would have obtained the support of both parties in right.
The problem will be to get the proposal itself approved, which, being a constitutional reform, requires a quorum of two thirds, that is, 87 votes in favour. This government project is the fourth that tries to bring forward an election that is scheduled to take place in April 2026. All initiatives have failed so far – some have not even reached a simple majority.
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The Peruvian press did not inform whether Boluarte also intends to meet with representatives of leftist parties, such as Free Peru (former party of the president) and Together for Peru, which have been decisive for the non-approval of previous projects, due to these demand that a constituent referendum be included in the first round of the hypothetical 2023 elections.
Since the beginning of the political crisis in Peru – after the removal of the now ex-president Pedro Castillo, on December 7, 2022 –, the country has registered several large demonstrations in several cities in the country, in which social organizations are unaware of Boluarte’s authority. , demand that the elections be brought forward and that a constituent referendum be held.
It is worth remembering that the current Peruvian Magna Carta, rejected by the majority of the population, was imposed in 1993 by the then dictator Fujimori, Keiko’s father and founder of the Popular Force party, owner of the largest bench in Congress, which refuses to approve any initiative that places jeopardizing the legacy of its greatest leader.