Peru President: Fighting against corruption key to achieving development

17:50 | Oxapampa (Pasco region), Aug. 2.

President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday affirmed the country's development will be achieved if citizens join efforts to fight corruption, adding it is impossible to move forward if this scourge is not eradicated.

"We want to be a developed nation, we want the country to move forward (…)," the Head of State expressed.

"That will be possible if we are all (in this) together, if citizens are on the side of authorities to support them when implementing good measures, as well as supervise and punish those who do wrong," he added.

In addition, the Peruvian leader recalled he had proposed clear measures to reform the justice administration system and politics during his Independence Day address to the nation.

He went on to remark those initiatives will need the support of all Peruvians.

"We want to work with the population and, as we asked Congress to work in a responsible way, we also ask it to work with citizens, since we need to hear their voices," the Peruvian leader said.

"We have proposed a referendum so that people can speak their minds (…)," he stated.

In this regard, the top official expressed confidence the referendum will be held before the end of 2018 with the massive participation of the population.

Remarks were made during his visit to a coffee promotion center located in Oxapampa province's Villa Rica district.

President Vizcarra was joined by Ministers Rogers Valencia (Foreign Trade and Tourism), Silvia Pessah (Health), and Fabiola Muñoz (Environment) on the occasion.


Published: 8/2/2018