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In Peru, President Martín Vizcarra calls for general elections for April 2021

Vizcarra became president in March 2018, after having been vice president of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned. He will not run for election

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra. Photo: Shutterstock
  • Peru’s president announced on Wednesday the call for general elections in the country for April 11, 2021, for which he will not run;
  • Martín Vizcarra became president in March 2018, after having been vice president of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned after the corruption scandal related to the construction company Odebrecht.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced this Wednesday the call for general elections in the country for April 11, 2021. The president’s gesture confirms his will to end the mandate he inherited from Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Vizcarra will not run for election.

The president signed the supreme decree and announced that it will be published this Thursday in the official newspaper El Peruano.”We are within the deadline of the law. We will have in a little more than nine months, a change of authorities”, he stressed.

“Keeping my word and my commitment to Peru, I call general elections to elect our next president, vice-presidents, and congressmen for the period 2021-2026. Let’s continue working to strengthen democracy in our country,” stated Peru’s president on Twitter.

Peruvians will elect the President of the Republic, vice presidents, congressmen, and Peruvian representatives before the Andean parliament for the period of 2021 to 2026.

Vizcarra emphasized that no external factor should change the periodicity of the elections and that neither the coronavirus pandemic, which seriously affects the Latin American country, nor any political crisis can modify “the predictability of the elections every five years.”