Congressional commission shelves President Dina Boluarte's bill on technicality before it even reaches debate, thwarting a key demand of protesters angry over ex-president Castillo's ouster.
Proposal by Free Peru party is rejected with 75 votes against and only 48 in favour, with one abstention as anti-government protests persist in the Andean country.
Congress rejects proposal to move elections forward to December 2023, despite nearly two months of protests that have left dozens dead following ousting of ex-president Pedro Castillo.
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte threatens to push for a constitutional amendment to make the vote happen by October as demonstrators demand immediate elections and her removal from office.
President Dina Boluarte expresses regret after Congress refuses to speed up timeline for presidential election amid widespread social and political unrest.
Lawmakers already agreed last month to bring forward elections from 2026 to April 2024.
Moving elections to later this year could help the Andean country "get out of this quagmire we're in," says President Dina Boluarte who has been facing daily protests that have left almost 60 people dead.
Lima says traffic remains blocked in eight of the Andean country's 25 regions, blaming roadblocks for many deaths and shortages of basic goods.
Motion against Dina Boluarte, signed by more than 20 leftist congressmen who support ousted leader Pedro Castillo, must be approved by 52 votes before it can be debated in Congress.
LPG is increasingly becoming hard to find in southern regions of Arequipa, Tacuna and Puno — relatively poor with large Indigenous populations — while prices of basic food items such as potatoes and tomatoes have tripled.
Prior to closing of Machu Picchu, rail services to site had already been suspended due to damage to track by demonstrators calling for President Boluarte's resignation, authorities say.
Thousands of protesters demanding ouster of President Dina Boluarte pour into capital Lima, clashing with police and receiving tear gas.
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