Scenarios and backstage on the project of Digna Calle, vice president of Congress, which proposes early elections

Scenarios and backstage on the project of Digna Calle, vice president of Congress, which proposes early elections

The Podemos legislator recalled that her initiative was presented since April and has not yet been debated in the Constitution Commission. Other members of the Board of Directors also support the measure.

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Scenarios and backstage on the project of Digna Calle, vice-president of Congress, which proposes advance of elections

President Pedro Castillo accumulates six fiscal folders and continues with a confrontational speech, and although more and more voices are heard in Congress calling for his departure, legislators are still far from the 87 necessary for a presidential vacancy.< /b>

Given this, the second vice president of Congress, Digna Calle (Podemos), has proposed to initiate the debate of his bill on an early general election. The issue has been brought to the fore by the Board of Directors itself, but the main obstacle is the Constitution Commission.

In amidst the jerks and discussions in plenary, Digna Calle chose to turn the debate towards the search for a way out of the political crisis. Through a series of tweets, she recalled that her bill for an early general election is pending debate since her presentation last April. The issue was not prioritized in the Constitution Commission under the presidency of Fujimorista legislator Patricia Juárez. /embed]

Digna Calle's proposal is relevant given her position as second vice president on the Board of Directors. Most of his colleagues on the Board of Directors agree or have spoken in favor.

The position of the table

The first vice president of Congress, Martha Moyano (Popular Force), had already spoken out in favor of an early election last June. When asked about this position, she confirmed her support for the aforementioned project.

“If in the end to save the country we all have to leave, then we're leaving”. Then, he added: “This as a result of the refusal of the parliamentarians who shield Mr. Castillo, I hope they reflect on everything that is happening and are checking and voting for the vacancy.”

Last May, this newspaper managed to interview 81 of the 130 congressmen about the early elections. Among those interviewed were two members of the current Board of Directors: Lady Camones (current president) spoke in favor, and Alejandro Muñante (third vice president) spoke against.

In one of his first interviews as head of the Legislative Power, Camones also referred to the issue, but in a more general way. “All the initiatives that have to do with constitutional reforms have to be debated and see what the result is, what position the congressmen have. We as the Board of Directors, obviously, will schedule these proposals, the debate will begin, and we will have to wait for the results”, he told El Comercio.

This newspaper tried to know the current positions of Camones and Muñante, but neither responded until the end of this report.

The path in Constitución

The The Data Journalism Unit of El Comercio carried out a survey in order to find out the positions of the 130 parliamentarians on a possible early general election. Of these, 81 congressmen responded or made their opinions known through other means of communication and/or social networks.

In total, 44 legislators have been against the proposal and 28 in favor. Others did not specify their position. With these figures, the 87 votes necessary to approve the rule without the need to apply a referendum are not reached.

In said poll, seven congressmen from the Popular Force bench were not in favor of an early election, including Hernando Guerra García, who will chair the Constitution Commission during this 2022-2023 period. This working group will be in charge of ruling on the Digna Calle project.

Despite the position of some congressmen from her caucus, the leader of Popular Force, Keiko Fujimori, came out to speak out in favor of early elections last July.

“I agree with an early election. I hope that this decision is made with great maturity. I understand that it is a sacrifice for congressmen from different political groups, but I think it is the quickest way out that Peruvians are waiting for”, he expressed.

Orange caucus sources indicated that there is still resistance from some caucus members to support this measure, but they hope to find unity when the time comes.

“The truth is that several do not want to leave, but this is a partisan decision that must be respected, and that will be seen in due course. The important thing is that it arrives, and it seems that there is still a long way to go for that”, explained a source from the Fujimorist caucus.

This newspaper consulted with Hernando Guerra García, president of the Constitution Commission, if the Digna Calle project would be a priority on his work agenda. However, he only managed to reply: “I think we should first wait for the commission's [managing] table to be defined.”.

Regard Given his current position on the project, he avoided commenting, alleging that he did not want to advance an opinion.

Before the creation of new benches (currently there are 13) , the Constitution Commission will go from having 19 to 25 members. At the moment, the Digna Calle initiative would only have 10 votes in favor, coming from Fuerza Popular (if they respect the partisan decision), APP, Podemos, Cambio Democrático and Integrity y Desarrollo.

The key votes to approve the Digna Calle project are in Avanza País (2) and Renovación Popular (2), two benches that to date have refused to pronounce themselves in favor of an advance of elections. If these votes are achieved, it will only be up to the Board of Directors to schedule it in plenary.