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Peru president seeks early elections to end 'institutional crisis'

President Martin Vizcarra speaks before Congress in Lima, Peru. Source: Peruvian Presidency's Press Offi

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra suggested Sunday cutting short his term in office for early elections to end what he called an institutional crisis.

He said in a speech to Congress this would also involve cutting short the term of the legislature. As it stands, general elections are scheduled for July of next year.

Vizcarra's proposal comes with Peru's executive and legislative branches locked in a power struggle.

The president said his idea would need to be passed by the opposition-controlled legislature, and then approved in a referendum.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has proposed to advance the general election to 2020 instead of 2021.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has proposed to advance the general election to 2020 instead of 2021.
Peruvian Presidency's Press Office

"The voice of the people must be heard," Vizcarra told lawmakers, as some cheered him and others yelled insults.

"Peru is screaming for a new beginning," Vizcarra said.

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