Lima Mayor Villaran calls for change to recall law

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Lima Mayor Susana Villaran has called for reforms to the country’s recall law, after narrowly avoiding a recall, during a referendum that took place on Sunday.

"Giving people the ability to recall their authorities is a legitimate right that is in the Constitution,” Villaran said during an appearance on CNN, according to El Comercio.

“However, there needs to be deep reforms to this law, in Peru,” the mayor said, adding that the law currently allowed “someone to revoke you, if they don’t like your face.”

"You really need many reforms to avoid [the recall]being used as an instrument in favor of special interests, as it has been used in Peru.”

On Tuesday, Enrique Mendoza, head of Peru’s Judiciary Branch, also said the recall law should be revised, specially for large cities such as Lima.

“Anyone can ask for a recall,” Mendoza said to Andina. “This creates anxiety [… ]and in the end it doesn’t allow for the development of medium and long-term projects.”

Although Villaran avoided the recall with 51.37 percent of the vote, 21 city council members have been revoked, El Comercio reported.

DuringLima Mayor Susana Villaran has called for reforms to the country’s recall law, after narrowly avoiding being recalled this week.

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