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Peru's Congress rejects bill to advance election

Peru's lawmakers rejected on Wednesday a bill to bring forward the presidential election to December 2023. The legislation proposed that the term of current President Dina Boluarte end on April 30, 2024, with her successor serving the rest of the 2021-2026 presidential term started by deposed President Pedro Castillo.

54 members of Congress voted for the bill, 68 were against it, with two abstentions. Boluarte previously urged lawmakers to adopt the bill and promised she will move forward with constitutional reform to advance the election if the legislation fails. Peru is still rocked by violent protests that started when Castillo was removed from power in December 2022, with the death toll exceeding 60.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / DJ