During the annual Fiestas Patrias celebration in Peru, President Martín Vizcarra announced a referendum to hold general elections on July 28, 2020, a year earlier.
“Elections in Peru are held every five years”, said El País, adding that they were supposed to take place on March or April 2021. However, a survey done a few months ago by the Institute of Peruvian Studies concluded that 70% of citizens agree with changing the current Congress and 84% disapprove of its performance.
Vizcarra replaced Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, PPK, on March 2018 and since then, Congress has denied the Head of State a vote of confidence twice.
According to Vizcarra, the laws in Peru are broken and infiltrated with corruption. “Peru cries out for a new beginning”, he said at a speech in Fiestas Patrias, “with this action the foundations of the Republic will be reinforced, even if it implies that we all have to leave”, he continued, according to El País.