Peru PM requests Congress to summon him over confidence motion


17:57 | Lima, Sep. 27.

Peruvian Prime Minister Salvador del Solar on Friday afternoon requested Congress to summon him for the next plenary session in order to address the confidence motion —recently submitted by the Executive Branch to Congress— regarding the election of the Constitutional Court members.

In this sense, the cabinet chief sent a letter to Parliament Chairman Olaechea with the request. 

Likewise, the high-ranking official indicated that the new confidence motion is supported by the Constitution and Congress' regulations. 

According to the Head of State, it is a priority for his administration to comply with the constitutional standards, which guarantee the full independence of the organization.

In a televised address to the nation, the top official recalled that the opposition-led Congress —days ago— swiftly proposed candidates in half an hour, without taking into account that some of them have links to citizens under investigation for corruption offenses.

The Constitutional Court is entrusted with upholding the principle of constitutional supremacy, as it has the authority to review the adequacy of laws, draft laws, and decrees issued by the powers of government.

Dissolution of Congress

Article 134 of the Constitution states that the President of the Republic has the power to dissolve Congress if the latter has passed the motion of censure or denied the vote of confidence to two Cabinets.

As is known, the current Congress had already granted a no-confidence vote to a former Cabinet in September 2017. At that time, Mr. Vizcarra was serving as Vice-President.


Published: 9/27/2019
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