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Peru's President enacts law to ban sentenced people from running for public office

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra. Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra. Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic.

16:58 | Lima, Sep. 14.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Monday enacted the law that prohibits people who have been sentenced in first instance —for having committed intentional crimes— from running for popularly-elected posts.

"We must continue to support political reforms in order to strengthen institutions and democracy. Therefore, I enact this constitutional reform in the eyes of Peruvians," he said in a speech this afternoon.

"Before you, before the country, as I pledged to do, by improving and strengthening democracy, I sign this constitutional reform," he expressed.


It should be noted that reform bills must be passed by two legislatures.

Following this enactment, the regulation will be in force during the general elections in 2021.

The rule amends Article 34-A of the Constitution, providing that those who have guilty verdicts, issued in first instance —as perpetrators or accomplices— for having committed intentional crimes, are forbidden to run for popularly-elected posts.

Likewise, it made an amendment to Article 39-A, stating that said people are forbidden to hold public office, through appointment to positions of trust.


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Publicado: 14/9/2020
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