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Peru: President Vizcarra rules out running for reelection in 2021


13:53 | Lima, Sep. 11.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra ruled out running for the 2021 elections.

According to the Head of State, he will leave office with the satisfaction of knowing he had set the strong foundations for the Inca country's development

"Be assured that on July 28, 2021, I will hand over the presidential sash to the successor (…)," he told CNN en Español. 

The Peruvian leader went on to add his presidency is temporary and —in less than three years— he will pass on the responsibility to someone else. 

As is known, former Vice-President Vizcarra took office on March 23 to replace resigning Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), who had step down amid a political scandal.

"No, I will not run in 2021 (…). After that (leaving the position), I will be an ordinary citizen," he emphasized.

In this sense, Vizcarra indicated that Congress members —who currently submit bills to put a ban on presidential re-election— are wasting their time. 

Last July, the top official proposed holding a referendum to determine whether Peruvians want lawmakers to be re-elected.

The majority of citizens support President Martin Vizcarra's proposed reforms —which await debate at Congress to decide whether or not they will be submitted to a referendum— an Ipsos Peru poll revealed last August.

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Published: 9/11/2018