(Bloomberg) – Peruvian lawmakers passed a law limiting President Pedro Castillo’s powers to dissolve Congress, a defeat for the leftist leader just three months into his term.
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The opposition-dominated Parliament approved the proposal modifying a constitutional mechanism known as the vote of confidence with 79 votes out of 130. At the same time, they ignored a bill presented by the Government that would restrict the ability of legislators to initiate a impeachment proceedings against the president.
Before the vote, when presenting the Government’s proposal, the president of the Council of Ministers, Mirtha Vásquez, said that it is a great risk for the country, since it would mean a dangerous imbalance of powers that would affect the country’s democratic system.
Peru’s Constitution states that the president can dissolve Congress if legislators deny him a vote of confidence twice. Former President Martín Vizcarra dissolved Congress in 2019 through this mechanism.
Now the president can only ask legislators for a vote of confidence on government policies, no longer on constitutional reforms. On the other hand, Congress can still remove the president on grounds of moral incapacity, a very broad definition that has led to the removal or resignation of three presidents in the last three and a half years.
Nota Original:Peru’s Congress Approves Law that Limits President’s Power
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