Peru President reaffirms commitment to leaving office in July 2021

15:00 | Lima, May. 30.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Saturday afternoon reaffirmed his commitment to handing over his position on July 28, 2021, to the new president, who will be freely and democratically elected by Peruvian citizens next year.

"I am a democrat, who keeps his word," he underlined.

In this sense, the Head of State affirmed that the process for the election of the new authorities for the Presidency of the Republic and Congress cannot be postponed and must be carried out within the terms established by the Constitution.

"We ask Congress to comply with this process to ensure that on July 28, 2021, the Year of the Bicentennial of the Republic, we have new authorities," he emphasized.

Last April, the current Head of State reaffirmed that he will not run for reelection.

Political reform

Within this framework, the top official said that the reforms required by the country cannot be ignored, stressing that they must advance in parallel to the fight against COVID-19. 

The leader stressed that the work and interaction between the Executive and the Legislative Branches is important in this matter, and recalled that —in 2018, after  having assumed the Presidency— emphasis was placed on the political and judicial reforms, which were endorsed by the majority of the population via referendum.

"We cannot put aside the reforms. We cannot, under the pretext that we are facing the disease, put them aside. With all efforts, we must fight and defeat the COVID-19 and simultaneously continue working on the reforms to strengthen democracy," he concluded.

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

Saturday marks the seventy-sixth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 5/30/2020
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