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Peru: Executive Branch vetoes bill for affecting right to referendum

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru

11:57 | Lima, Jan. 14.

The Executive Branch has vetoed Bill 26300 approved by Congress, which establishes that any constitutional reform must first be approved by the Legislative Branch before being submitted to a referendum.

Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez explained that said decision was made because the latest bill violates the fundamental right to full political participation and referendum.

The government official stressed that citizens have the right to organize themselves so as to demand that the State discuss public affairs.

"Citizens have the right to organize themselves to demand that the State discuss public affairs. Therefore, from the Executive Branch we have vetoed the bill which modifies Law 26300, as it violates the fundamental right to full political participation and to referendum," she expressed via Twitter on Thursday night.


In a letter addressed to Congress Chairwoman Maricarmen Alva, the Executive Branch indicated that public consultation allows the population to participate in public affairs-related matters.

For this reason, the Government believes that the bill approved by Parliament violates "constitutional principles by establishing mandatory transit through a constitutional reform procedure."

The Executive Branch does not perceive in the aforementioned bill a mechanism for balance of powers. Instead, it considers that there is an arbitrary interpretation in the exercise of the function entrusted to legislators by distorting the procedure related to referendum.

In this sense, the official letter affirmed that referendum constitutes an "active right which implies that citizens are entitled to the right to prompt the holding of a referendum in order to make their opinion known in the sphere of public affairs." 

Likewise, the Prime Minister said today that the Executive Branch is highly concerned about the regulations being approved by Congress, since they constitute setbacks in several reforms.

"In the case of the referendum bill, we are extremely concerned because it is an amendment to nothing less than the Citizen Participation Law," she stated.

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Publicado: 14/1/2022
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