Tension increases in Peru, after the outgoing Congress wants to appoint the new magistrates of the Constitutional Court without waiting for the current electoral authorities, who have not decided for more than a month, to proclaim the new president. In the hard-fought process, the leftist Pedro Castillo won the rightist Keiko Fujimori by a close margin. That’s why Castillo’s supporters don’t want new appointments.
“Although there is a rule that prohibits them, but nevertheless they want to break because they know that a different political project is coming,” says a supporter of Castillo
“Because it intends to impose the coup and we cannot allow it,” says another Castillo follower.
While the supporters of Keiko Fujimori demonstrate in favor of the new appointments. They maintain that there was fraud.
“If Castillo goes up we will no longer have someone to defend us. The Court is the only one who will be able to defend us within the law, does Castillo go up and what will happen? He will close everything,” says one of Keiko’s militants
“To serve as an arbitrator, it is assumed that the Constitutional Court favors the people and right now we are not listening to it. It is not manifesting everything that is happening,” adds another follower of Keiko.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has expressed “concern” about the lack of transparency in the appointment process. He joins those who call for the new Congress to elect the magistrates in a transparent process. At the moment the session was suspended on Wednesday because the magistrates did not reach the necessary level of votes.
The outgoing Congress selected 15 applicants in a process that was questioned for being at the last minute and for the method of selecting candidates.
Congress began voting on Wednesday to choose the magistrates, but suspended the session after the first three candidates did not reach the necessary 87 votes.
The Constitutional Court is in charge of settling conflicts between powers of the State, which have been frequent since 2016. Six of its seven members have already served their six-year mandate.
A constitutional judge in Lima, Soledad Blácido, had ordered on Tuesday “the provisional suspension of the election” stating that “the procedure would be flawed due to a lack of transparency.”
The president of the Judiciary, Elvia Barrios, stressed on Twitter that “every person or authority is obliged to abide by and comply with judicial decisions,” although they can appeal them.
At night, Fujimori and dozens of followers congregated on a beach in the Chorrillos district, in southern Lima, where they symbolically lit paper balloons and cell phone lanterns.
“We are going to continue defending our rights,” said Fujimori, who alleges that there was fraud in the elections since Castillo passed the vote the day after the June 6 ballot.
However, OAS election observers said the elections were clean without “serious irregularities.”
In September 2019, the process of electing magistrates to this court caused a crisis that led then-President Martín Vizcarra to dissolve Congress and call new parliamentary elections.
Both that time and now, there were allegations that the candidates for the court were linked to the parliamentary leaders
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.