The faction of congressmen opposed to the Peruvian president, Martín Vizcarra, lost on Wednesday capabilities with which he sought to resist the dissolution of the parliament decreed by the Executive. Meanwhile president saw his position reinforced with the support and tranquility with which citizens received their actions.
Thus, the only two options left are either to accept the Presidency of Vizcarra and his call for legislative elections or to have him resign so that the elections are general. This was exactly the proposal that Vizcarra launched on July 28 and was virulently rejected by “unconstitutional” by the opposition majority of Congress.
“You quit, we all quit and call elections immediately. Let’s not fear the people, let’s do it today,” Congress President Pedro Olaechea proposed during the day, addressing Vizcarra.
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Vizcarra, who has not participated in public events since he announced the dissolution of Congress on Monday afternoon, spent another full day locked in the Government Palace, designing with the Prime Minister, Vicente Zeballos, the new Executive.
Zeballos did go out to give an interview in the morning hours where he slammed the proposals that emerged from the opposition.
The premier ruled out, to begin with, any possibility that Vizcarra resigns, and also denied the major when aiming, also stripping the dead-end street in which the opposition seems to have gotten that Aráoz could not have resigned from his position because constitutionally that You can only do it before the full Congress, a Congress that “no longer exists.”
Despite having previously indicated that he would not do so, the president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, called a meeting of the Commission which would implicitly mean an acceptance of the dissolution decreed by Vizcarra.
However, the opponents gathered there affirmed that it was a “plenary”, only impeded in its development because the Police prevented access to the chamber of legislators who were not part of said commission.
After a bustle with left and liberal deputies who support Vizcarra, and who ended up leaving the courtroom, the commission approved to file an action before the Constitutional Court (TC) to analyze the legality of the dissolution of Parliament.
According to Peruvian law, only the plenary of the Congress can present this type of action before the high court. In addition, he also deliberated on other acts carried out by Vizcarra in a debate where the president was accused of being a coup and of having transgressed the Political Constitution.
Fujimorista Congressman Héctor Becerril said that “there is a de facto president by force of the National Police,” but added that “we must take action” and announced that he will begin to “organize resistance to this government.”
“I am not afraid of Vizcarra or the military coup that have met him to betray the country,” Becerril said before entering the Permanent Commission session.
The legislator César Vásquez, of the Alliance for Progress (PPP), asked the members of the Permanent Commission not to hold on to the position anymore and that “we are not doing this role.”
Instead, he proposed “to dedicate ourselves to making the necessary transition so that this country does not continue to be paralyzed” since the closing of the Congress is “a decision that the people mostly support”.
Likewise, the resignation that the Vice President, Mercedes Aráoz, presented on Tuesday night to her official position and to the “charge” of being “interim president” of Peru (just hours after being sworn before the rebel deputies of Congress), damaged much the expectations and possibilities of this group of opponents, who were trapped both legally and politically in their possibilities to ignore (as they sought) the presidential decree.
This opposition, composed mainly of Fujimorist deputies and their right-wing and extreme right allies, nevertheless showed their resistance to abandoning their work in the Permanent Commission of Congress, repeated their thesis on “coup d’etat and usurpation of powers” and tried to take fruitlessly legal measures.
Citizens, on the other hand, continued their daily life with total normality, clearly satisfied with the initiative, which was also publicly supported by more and more elected public offices, such as governors and mayors.
The resignation of Aráoz, who according to the opposition thesis was the legitimate president of Peru, weakened this position. Without it as an anchor, and following the same constitutional reading that they have worked so hard to defend, the consequent step would be to hold elections.