Peru’s Congress Fails Yet Again to Agree on New Elections

(Bloomberg) -- Peru’s Congress voted against approving a new timeline for general elections on Wednesday, part of a dizzying pattern of votes and debates that have failed to give a clear path to solve the country’s ongoing political crisis.

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President Dina Boluarte took office only in December, replacing her ousted predecessor Pedro Castillo, but has faced the worst violent protests in decades. The number one complaint is that she step down. But while she has said she is willing to accept that and have new elections, Congress has failed to come up with a viable proposal for institutional continuity.

On Wednesday, Congress struck down a proposal that would have set elections for late 2023 with a new president taking over in the first half of 2024. A previous proposal to have elections in 2024 was discarded amid violent protests that have left over 50 civilians and at least one policeman dead.

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Later on Wednesday, it also discarded a proposal to revive the proposal to have elections in 2024. Other options have been debated but failed to yield enough support.

Congress will now resume election timeline discussions on Thursday. Boluarte has yet to address the latest failed vote, but she blasted Congress over the weekend for failing to pin down a date.

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