Peru's President: Government's priority is to address citizen insecurity

Photo:ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic of Peru.

Photo:ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic of Peru.

14:42 | New York (U.S.), Sep. 20.

The President of the Republic Dina Boluarte on Wednesday affirmed that the Government's priority is to address the issue of citizen insecurity, and that this is evidenced in the state of emergency declared in two districts of the Peruvian capital and other jurisdictions in the rest of the country.

In remarks to reporters from New York, U.S., the Head of State explained that Prime Minister Alberto Otarola has been meeting with mayors of San Juan de Lurigancho and San Martin de Porres.

"First, as a Government, our priority is to address the issue of citizen insecurity, which has not started yesterday, but years ago, as we have seen authorities and governments that failed to address this problem. We are listening to the clamor of the population and focusing these measures in this sense, including an additional budget for the state of emergency," she indicated.

Likewise, the dignitary stressed that, after the state of emergency declaration, other districts in the capital city requested similar interventions, which will be addressed through increased patrols in the streets and the presence of the Peruvian National Police (PNP), with the support of the Army.

"I reiterate that the issue of citizen insecurity is not new; it has increased due to the inefficiency of some authorities; so, the state of emergency was declared to safeguard the lives and businesses of the population," she stated.

Moreover, the top official assured that the decision has not been improvised, but was carefully thought out, and was taken after authorities requested the intervention of the Executive Branch.

On the other hand, she expressed confidence that Congress will approve the delegation of legislative powers requested by the Government, in order to have the necessary tools to fight citizen insecurity.


Published: 9/20/2023