Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced the dissolution of Congress and called for early parliamentary elections during an address to the nation in Lima on Monday.

"Given the factual denial of trust, and in unrestricted respect for the Political Constitution of Peru, I have decided to constitutionally dissolve the Congress and call for congressional elections in the Republic," the president announced in a televised address.

“The closure that I have today is within my powers contained in the Magna Carta and seeks to give a democratic and participatory solution to a problem that the country has been dragging through for three years, ending this stage of political entrapment that has prevented Peru grow to the rhythm of your possibilities, ” said Vizcarra.

The announcement comes after the Chamber rejected the matter of trust to reform the method of appointing the judges of the Constitutional Court (TC). This change sought to annul the influence of the opposition in the selection of the magistrates of the TC, since Fujimorism, an opponent of Vizcarra has an absolute majority in Congress.

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