Friday, December 3

Quechua in Peru: why is its use controversial if it is an official language in the country


  • Guillermo D. Olmo @BBCgolmo
  • BBC Mundo

Indigenous woman in front of a list of voters in a polling station.

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Defenders of Quechua speakers lament that the Peruvian state almost always uses Spanish.

A new element of discord has recently added to the tense Peruvian political climate.

When Prime Minister Guido Bellido addressed congressmen in the Quechua and Aymara languages ​​in the August 26 session in which he asked for their confidence in his new government, he provoked shouts of protest and reproaches from the opposition bench.

The president of the Chamber, María del Carmen Alva, asked him to reduce his intervention in the native languages ​​and use Spanish. “It was agreed with the table that you were going to translate it,” he said, adding: “The rest of us don’t understand you.”

Bellido finally completed his message in Spanish, but not before recalling that the Peruvian Constitution recognizes the official status of the country’s original languages ​​and that many Peruvians do not understand or speak Spanish.


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