The Peruvians decide on a major constitutional reform. Well 24.3 million electors were called on Sunday in a referendum about a ban on direct re-election of members to vote.

the head of state, Martín Vizcarra had scheduled the Referendum as a response to several major corruption scandals. “Today is an important day for our democracy,” wrote the Conservative on Twitter.

He had taken over the highest office in March after his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by his resignation came a removal procedure beforehand.

corruption scandal by construction group

Despite solid economic growth in the past two decades, the Andean country is in a severe political crisis. The same four Ex-presidents, as well as against a number of leading politicians being investigated for corruption in a cross-country scandal.

The Brazilian group had granted to Odebrecht, to have politicians in several countries in Latin America bribed in order to get lucrative government contracts. Because of its booming economy, Peru was severely affected.

The scandal triggered a political avalanche in the past two years. At the end of October, the powerful opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former ruling authoritarian President Alberto Fujimori, is in custody has been taken. The ultra-right politician is accused of money laundering.

Recently the Ex-head of state, Alan García tried in vain to get political asylum in Uruguay, after a judge had imposed a travel ban against him.

vote on four amendments to the Constitution

The Referendum was expected to be a victory for Vizcarras advance. The citizens decide on four proposed constitutional amendments:

the ban on the members-re-election the re-introduction of a second parliamentary chamber, the Senate, the development of a party Finance law Reform in many Parts of as corrupt applicable to the judicial system by a new controlling body

Vizcarra called on, however, subsequently to a “no” to the Senate reform, after the original proposal had been rewritten in the Parliament. The Executive power of the law should be deprived of legislative control for the benefit of the new members of chambers and senators. The President feared that by the Fujimori camp-controlled Congress could expand its Power. Since the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2016, the government and the Parliament are engaged in a relentless struggle for power.

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