The resignation of the Prime Minister of Peru leads to the umpteenth crisis for the Government of Pedro Castillo

The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, will carry out a new renovation in his government after the resignation of the prime minister, Aníbal Torres, after the board of directors of the Congress reject the proposal for a vote of confidence what did you do last week.

Specifically, the board of directors of Congress (with a right-wing majority) rejected the vote of confidence that Torres requested to repeal Law 31399, a regulation that since the beginning of 2022 has hindered the calling of a popular vote. This law establishes that all referendum that implies a constitutional reform must first be approved by the Legislature.

The regulations were promulgated by the opposition in Congress, currently dominated by right-wing formations and especially by Fuerza Popular, the party founded by Keiko Fujimori. This change removed the power of the National Elections Board (JNE) to submit transcendental issues for the citizens of Peru to a referendum, forcing the body to previously evaluate and approve the voting proposal in Congress.

More than 40 changes in just 16 months

The position of the Chamber table led to the convening of an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers. After her, Castillo himself pointed out on national television: “After this express refusal of confidence, with the expression of flat rejection, and, having accepted the resignation of the premierwhom I thank for his concern and his work for the country, I will renew the Cabinet”. In this way, the Peruvian leader undertakes another remodeling that adds to the more than 40 changes made within his Government in just 16 months of management.

For the Peruvian president, Torres has tried to eliminate “a law that prevents the right of all citizens to direct political participation and without mediation through the referendum”. “This law, arbitrarily, has taken away our right to exercise it again. As a government, we wanted to return this right to all Peruvians, which in the current Congress certain political groups have decided to reject,” he said.

He has also appealed to the opposition in Congress, of which he has indicated that “until now they continue to force with insistence on vacancy (removal), with false complaints, with denatured suspensions and crude accusations such as treason against the homeland, which are nothing other than to turn our backs on the will of the citizens”. Even so, he urged his adversaries to reconsider because “the great interests of the citizenry cannot be truncated by the excessive interests of some elites or minorities.”

The arguments of the Constitutional Court

Joseph Williams, president of Parliament, has defended that the approach made by Torres “is a clear attempt to arrogate the exclusive and exclusive power of Congress to approve or not the trust and to interpret the meaning” of this type of request. The board of directors of Congress thus rejected the proposal.

In the same line, the Constitutional Court (TC) He backed down on Thursday a demand from the Executive to declare unconstitutional the law that established limits to the rights of participation and control of the citizenry, through a referendum, in the constitutional reforms. The TC moved that the ruling was taken by majority, and that the sentence and the votes on this case “will be published on the institutional web portal and will be notified in due course.”

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