Peru President: General elections to be held in 2021, rules out running for reelection

13:18 | Lima, Apr. 14.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Tuesday afternoon affirmed that the general elections will be held in April 2021 —date on which the coronavirus-related limitations will have been overcome.

Within this framework, the Head of State specified that —by that date— the country will be in the pandemic's third phase. Thus, it will be a favorable season for this election process to take place.

"We must not forget that the general elections will be held in April 2021, when we will elect the new President, Vice-Presidents, and new Congress (members). We must be clear by saying that democracy must be strengthened (...). I say this clearly and emphatically: the general elections must be held in April 2021, because the problem will already be overcome by that time, and it will be indeed possible to hold the elections," he expressed.

As said on previous occasions, the top official reaffirmed that he will not run for reelection in 2021, adding that he not only complies with what is established by law and underlining that he always keeps his word.

"For this reason, all the decisions I make as President and as a Government (official) are never thinking about what advantage I could get in a future election, in which I will not participate. However, I will support it (the process) so that it is a clean election, where Peruvians choose the President that our country requires," he assured reporters.

Likewise, the statesman considered difficult for political parties to hold primary elections this year to choose their candidates for those general elections.

"According to the electoral schedule, this year there would be primary elections, but could there be primary elections under these conditions? Then, we must figure out what to do about it," he commented.

The Peruvian leader stated that 2020 will be difficult for everyone, but that this requires a great effort from all Peruvians, "a year when we will have to draw energy from where there is none."

As is known, Mr. Vizcarra officially became President on March 23, 2018, to replace resigning Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. His term in office will come to an end on July 28, 2021.

On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Tuesday marks the thirtieth day of mandatory social isolation.

Published: 4/14/2020
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