On Tuesday evening, October 1, Mercedes Araoz resigned as Vice President of Peru. She also declined the appointment of interim president presented by the dissolved Congress, which she had accepted the day before.
Araoz presented the letter to the Chairman of the Congressional Permanent Commission, Pedro Olaechea. She also states that the main reason for resigning is that the “constitutional order has been disrupted in Peru.” Araoz also made a plea that elections take place as soon as possible “for the sake of the country.”
He decidido renunciar irrevocablemente al cargo de Vicepresidenta Constitucional de la República. Las razones las explico en la carta adjunta. Espero que mi renuncia conduzca a la convocatoria de elecciones generales en el más breve plazo por el bien del país. pic.twitter.com/c4tz4tnzMw— Mercedes Aráoz (@MecheAF) October 2, 2019
On Wednesday, October 2, the Executive Branch published a national decree in the El Peruano gazette calling for parliamentary elections on January 26, 2020. It also confirmed that congress was dissolved on Monday, September 30. The Congressional Permanent Commission, made up by 27 lawmakers, will continue to function. It will meet today to discuss the possible democratic solutions to the country’s current situation.
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