Skip to content

The approval rate of Vizcarra rises up to 75% after dissolving the Congress

October 6, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 6 (EUROPE PRESS) –

A survey conducted by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) has revealed that the approval rating of the president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, has increased after announcing his decision to dissolve Congress and call elections after the House rejected the issue of trust presented by the Prime Minister, Salvador del Solar, to get the Government to move forward with its plan to hold early elections in the country.

Compared to the survey conducted in September, Vizcarra's popularity has increased by 35 percent. In September, the Peruvian president had a support of 40 percent, while in this month the percentage increases to 75 percent, according to data collected by the newspaper 'La República'.

According to this survey, only 18 percent of respondents are against its management. It is the first time this year that Vizcarra has managed to exceed 60 percent. On the other hand, more than 76 percent of Peruvians consider Vizcarra to be a Democratic president, compared to 14 percent who think he is a dictator.

The political crisis in Peru reached a new high last week when Congress knocked down the constitutional reform and the consequent electoral advance that the Government was looking for.

Vizcarra responded on Monday with a political maneuver to at least advance the appointment with the polls. Thus, the Prime Minister, Salvador del Solar, launched a question of confidence with the intention that it be rejected, because the second 'no' of the Legislature to the Executive forces to dissolve the Parliament and call early elections. The Government has already received its first rejection during the Presidency of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

The deputies refused to debate and vote on the issue of trust and Vizcarra counterattacked by closing the Congress and calling early elections by interpreting that in this way the honorable members had withdrawn their trust to their Cabinet. Parliament also did not fall behind and ceased the president for “moral incapacity.”

The vice president, Mercedes Araoz, agreed to assume the Presidency on an interim basis, although she was only in office 24 hours because on Tuesday she announced her “irrevocable resignation.” For his part, the head of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, has refused to fill the vacancy because he does not have the support of the Police and the Armed Forces, aligned with Vizcarra.

On Thursday, the president formed a new Cabinet with Vicente Zeballos as prime minister that includes former collaborators and new faces, such as those of the head of Economy and Foreign Affairs.

The constitutional reform is the cornerstone of the political reform that Vizcarra promised when he came to office to end the corruption that ended the Kuczynski Presidency and has also splashed the last four presidents and the opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, as well as to the judiciary.