FILE PHOTO: People show their support for the president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, after he dissolved the Congress in Lima, Peru, on October 3, 2019. REUTERS / Guadalupe Pardo
LIMA (Reuters) – In a victory for Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, the country’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that his dissolution of Congress amid a long-standing confrontation with lawmakers was legal.
With four votes in favor and three votes against, the court said a claim that Vizcarra exceeded his powers by dissolving Congress on September 30 was unfounded. The decision means that the legislative elections will advance on January 26.
Vizcarra dissolved Congress in the midst of a prolonged confrontation with legislators over anti-corruption reforms. The measure won him the support of the armed forces, the police and the voters of the nation rich in copper.
In October, the Constitutional Court of Peru voted unanimously to admit a claim to determine if Vizcarra exceeded its powers with the closure.
The dissolution of Congress had been rejected mainly by lawmakers of the right-wing Popular Force party of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori.
The daughter of the former unfortunate president Alberto Fujimori was jailed last year for alleged money laundering and for receiving illegal contributions from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Marco Aquino Report; written by Cassandra Garrison