Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday evening announced his administration has decided to submit a confidence motion to Congress linked to the State policies aimed at institutionally strengthening the country and fighting corruption.
The projects in question are parliamentary immunity
, banning sentenced people from becoming candidates for public office, allowing the population to participate in the selection of candidates at primary elections, removing the preferential vote, guaranteeing the political participation of women —by relying on parity and alternation—, and prohibiting dirty money from entering the political campaigns.
The Head of State noted that he was addressing the population following a series of "events and decisions that Congress has been leading," such as the "shameless shielding" —by the Congress' majority— to prevent ex-Attorney General Pedro Chavarry from being investigated.
"In the face of such a boycott against the anti-corruption fight
, the government and citizens cannot remain uninvolved and fail to express the deep concern that this causes among us. A parliamentary majority, once again, continues to turn its back on the citizens, thus damaging the country. How far do you want to go?" he stated.
He also argued that the congressional majority hurts all Peruvians in order to defend a few people, thus "betraying citizens and favoring privileges, as well as corruption, at the expense of everyone's future."
That fight will continue until the end, because Peru deserves it, he concluded.
Remarks were made during a live address to the nation from Lima-based Government Palace. Peru's top official was joined by members of his cabinet and regional governors on the occasion.
The Peruvian Constitution allows an acting President to close Congress and call for new legislative elections if Parliament dismisses two cabinets.