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Congress of Peru will try tomorrow to vote again on anticipating elections while mobilizations continue

Without consensus, the Peruvian Congress postponed again on Tuesday the session to decide the advancement of the elections for this year, when hundreds of protesters in the center of Lima demanded the resignation of President Dina Boluarte.

Congress suspended for the third time, since Friday, the session to debate and vote on the early elections and it was scheduled “for tomorrow, February 1, at 11:00 am (16:00 GMT),” announced the parliamentary account in Twitter.

In a parliament divided into more than ten political forces, in addition to independent congressmen, the right-wing benches are promoting the advancement of elections, previously anticipated for April 2024.

Boluarte and the right-wing Fuerza Popular party defend the early elections to appease the protests that have left 48 dead since the crisis began on December 7.

But the leftist benches want a referendum on a Constituent Assembly to be included in that bill, the great bone of contention among the Peruvian political leadership.

“The crisis in Peru is due to the neoliberal model that has failed (…) what has to be accompanied by this early election is the popular consultation for a Constituent Assembly,” said congressman Edgar Tello, of the leftist Magisterial Bloc .

Hundreds of people paraded through the center of Lima until approaching at night about 200 meters from Parliament, after a march where protesters from regions and the capital once again demanded “Dina resigns now”, but also the dissolution of Congress , widely discredited by public opinion.

Some skirmishes with the police occurred at the end of the demonstration, when the agents fired tear gas that ended up dispersing the demonstrators.

“Even if the early elections prosper, the people’s request is unique: the resignation of Mrs. Dina Boluarte. What can we solve with early elections if the people don’t want to know anything about Dina Boluarte? Nelson Calderón, a 30-year-old student from Puno (south), who was at the protest in Lima, told AFP.

the street does not give way

“The great march in Lima, Dina resigns now”, the motto of Tuesday’s demonstration, was called by union, union and peasant forces also in other cities, such as Arequipa and Juliaca, in the Puno region, bordering Bolivia.

In Cusco, the protesters asked the merchants to close their businesses in solidarity with the protest.

Boluarte has recognized that social tension continues to increase, with blockades that have generated shortages of basic products and fuel in regions.

In the city of Juliaca, six shamans predicted that Boluarte will resign in the coming days.

“During this week Dina is going to resign because of so many deaths that have occurred in Peru,” said one of the healers who threw a handful of coca leaves on the ground to make the prognosis.

Castillo’s self-coup

Political power seems incapable of finding an answer to the demands of the population, especially rural ones in the southern Andes, historically neglected, who had opted to improve their living conditions with the arrival of the leftist Pedro Castillo to the presidency (2021-2022). , removed and arrested on December 7 after trying to dissolve Congress.

Boluarte, then vice president, assumed the reins of government. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso


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