Locals in Lima on Sunday reacted to the proposal of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra to cut short the legislative and presidential terms a year earlier than scheduled and to hold fresh elections in 2020, to end what he described as an institutional crisis.

"We are giving our full support to the president of the republic because we agree with what is happening...we are against all this corruption that is a shield (cover-up) and is not consistent with all the needs that the people claim, we are supporting new elections," said one demonstrator, Julia Mamani.

Another, Marta Celis, said "he heard the voice of the people and the people asked a long time ago to let the congress close and all the corrupt ones leave, it is simply the voice of the people."

Jose Vidal echoed their remarks, saying "let them all go, call general elections is the vox populi of the people."

Vizcarra made the proposal during the annual Independence Day speech before the Peruvian Congress on Sunday. Vizcarra said before early elections could take place, the proposal would need to be passed by Congress and then approved in a referendum. The call for early elections comes amid political deadlock and a power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of government.

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