Election Changes in Peru

Peru Congress Approves Constitutional Reform to Hold Early Presidential Vote

Peru’s congress approved a constitutional reform to hold early presidential elections in a second bid to alleviate a political crisis that’s seen widespread unrest since former President Pedro Castillo was removed from office Dec. 7

Congress initially voted on the proposal Friday, but the single-chamber parliament failed to reach the necessary threshold. Lawmakers approved re-evaluating the proposal earlier Tuesday and later in the day, 93 lawmakers voted in favor of holding early elections with 30 voting against and one abstaining.

The government declared a 30-day nationwide state of emergency last week in an attempt to restore order, clear roads and reopen highways. At least 26 people have died in clashes with police.

Carolina Gonzalez and Stephan Kueffner Bloomberg News