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Peru President reaffirms commitment to fight corruption, strengthen democracy

14:49 | Lima, Jan. 9.

President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday reaffirmed his administration's commitment to fighting corruption head-on and strengthening democratic institutions.

After enacting the bills approved in the December 9 referendum, the Head of State urged all sectors of the Inca country to commit to the reforms needed to build a better nation. 

"The enactment is an important step towards the construction of a solid democracy relying on efficient and corruption-free institutions, and on empowered citizens vigilant of the authorities' work and the country's future," the top official expressed.

The statesman enacted the bills on the National Justice Board (formerly known as National Council of the Magistracy), the financing of political groups, and the ban on the immediate reelection of legislators to the same post

However, President Vizcarra pointed out he is aware these reforms are not enough, and it is necessary to approve a deeper change. 

For that reason, the Commander-in-Chief requested Congress to pass promptly the proposals suggested by the Wagner Commission and highlighted the efforts undertaken by the group established to create political-reform-related bills. 

"Today, we can say we are making significant progress in that sense, but there is still much to do. The path towards the reforms, as well as the strengthening of democracy and its institutions, can only be successful if all the State branches work together and set common goals," he added.

It should be noted the Executive Branch declared 2019 as the Year of the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity.

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Published: 1/9/2019
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