Peru’s Interim President Will Not Push for New Constitution or a Referendum

Peru’s interim President Francisco Sagasti said he won’t change the nation’s constitution or push for a referendum to solve the political crisis and people’s demand for major reforms.

Peru’s interim President, Francisco Sagasti, said he won’t change the nation’s constitution or push for a referendum to solve the political crisis and people’s demand for major reforms.

Sagasti said there would be no rapid movement toward a referendum, as happened in neighboring Chile after massive protests that started last year, following a rise in subway ticket prices. 

Chileans voted overwhelmingly to rewrite Chile’s carta magna.

“We think this is a task for a new government, freely elected by the people. We don’t think this is a short-term priority,” Sagasti said, pointing out that despite this decision, his government will take all measures to restore “the political stability.”

When asked about police brutality during the massive protests that ended with the resignation of Sagasti’s predecessor Manuel Merino, the interim president promised there would be “no impunity” for those responsible for the deaths and injuries, but said there won’t be any police reform. 

“We will not leave unpunished in any way those who have committed these acts of violence and violation of human rights, but neither will we go to the other extreme saying that all the police are like that,” he said.


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