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President of Peru insists that an early election depends on Congress

Presidenta de Perú insiste en que un adelanto de elecciones depende del Congreso

The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, whose government has already faced two months of massive protests calling for her resignation, insisted on Tuesday that it is Congress that must resolve a possible early election and that she will not resign.

"The reflection, I think, is in Congress, especially in the Constitution Commission, who must analyze. We as a government have to manage, we have to govern"Boluarte told reporters during a visit to the southern Arequipa region.

His statements come four days after the Constitution Commission of the Peruvian Parliament blocked until August any debate on a possible advance of the elections to renew the president and legislators, a popular outcry that has shaken the country since December and has left 48 dead.

The decision of Congress sent to the archive a bill that Boluarte herself sent and that proposed that the general elections be held next October, almost three years before the date provided by Peruvian law in 2026.

The president, who had not spoken until now after the filing of the project, maintained that there has been no "no silence" from your government. "We are not going to stop in that situation"he added.

Regarding the popular demand that demands his resignation, Boluarte alleged that "not the vast majority" of Peruvians who ask for it and that doing so would not resolve the current political turbulence.

"My resignation does not end the crisis, my resignation does not accelerate anything at all, not even the period of time to be able to call early elections"he claimed.

The latest survey by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) and the newspaper La República, released at the end of January, revealed that 74% of those surveyed believe that President Boluarte should resign.

The demand for electoral advancement is marking the government of Boluarte, who took office on December 7 after the dismissal of former leftist president Pedro Castillo, imprisoned after his failed attempt to dissolve Congress and govern by decree.

The growing protests, repressed by the authorities, have led the president and parliamentarians to propose various projects to advance the elections, but all have crashed against the lack of consensus between the two powers.

In view of this, the term of office of the president and the congressmen remains for now at five years, which will expire in 2026.

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