PM says Peru may hold referendum on return to bicameral legislature

Photo: Congress of the Republic

Photo: Congress of the Republic

17:59 | Desaguadero (Puno region), Jul. 18.

Prime Minister Anibal Torres on Monday said that Peru may hold a referendum to ask the population if they want an eventual return to a two-chamber parliamentary system.

In addition, the Cabinet chief pointed out that said referendum could allow Peruvians to decide if they want a constituent assembly.

"Let the sovereign nation decide, let the people decide," he stated.

His remarks were delivered during a meeting with authorities from the district of Desaguadero in Puno region. 

The constitutional reform bill intended to return to the bicameral parliamentary system did not reach the 87 votes necessary for approval, during the Parliament plenary session last Friday.

The legislative initiative obtained 71 votes in favor, 45 against, and 6 abstentions.

Given that it did not get a favorable vote higher than two-thirds of the legal number of legislators, the initiative must be ratified by a referendum, in accordance with the provisions of Article 206 of the Constitution.

Mr. Torres underscored that the decision of the people is ultimate. 


Published: 7/18/2022