Lima Mayor criticizes opponents, says Sunday’s debate is ‘sign of chaos to come’

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>On Monday Lima Mayor Susana Villaran criticized proponents of the recall referendum against her, a day after >a controversial debate between both sides, Peru21 reported.

Sunday’s debate was expected to see arguments from backers and opponents of the recall referendum against Mayor Villaran. However, the two of the three representatives that were scheduled to speak in support of the recall, failed to show up, leaving Patricia Juarez as the group’s only representative.

"What we saw yesterday [during the debate], was an absolute mess,” Villaran said according to the daily.

“This chaos is a very clear sign of what is to come [if the recall goes through],” the mayor added.

According to local media, recall proponents were not allowed to swap out their two representatives ahead of the debate, due to previously agreed upon rules.

After a brief statement Juarez left the debate, saying she was protesting the conditions of the debate, leaving the recall opponents alone on the stage. Federico Salazar, the debate’s moderator, still upheld the referendum opponents’ scheduled speaking times, leaving the debate with long awkward silences.

"A discussion like this should be organized with formal and recognized rules,” Salazar said, “and in compliance with these rules we have not allowed there to be a replacement option for the representatives from the promoters of the recall committee.”

 

On Monday Lima Mayor Susana Villaran criticized proponents of the recall referendum against her, a day after a controversial debate between both sides, Peru21 reported.

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