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2009-05-07

Alan Garcia's 2011 reelection proposal not welcomed in Peru.

Omar Bonilla A.

The possibility that Peruvian President Alan García might seek re-election for a second consecutive term, currently forbidden by Peru's constitution, has met with disapproval from broad sectors of the political spectrum and seems doomed to fail.

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Noteworthy among the potential candidates for 2011is Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.

Noteworthy among the potential candidates for 2011is Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.

LIMA, Peru – The possibility that Peruvian President Alan García might seek re-election for a second consecutive term, currently forbidden by Peru's constitution, has met with disapproval from broad sectors of the political spectrum and seems doomed to fail.

President of the Constitutional Committee of Peru's single-chamber Congress José Vargas, from the governing Aprista party, raised the possibility of García's re-election. According to AFP, Vargas considered that it “would be fair” for the president to continue because “he has done things well”, and cited, as examples, the cases of Colombia's President Álvaro Uribe, Ecuador's Rafael Correa and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.

A number of experts and opposition politicians, however, say it is unlikely President Garcia would decide to attempt to have the constitution amended in order to pave the way for his candidacy. Sociologist Carlos Reyna told La República that, Alan García is an experienced politician and he knows that his popularity has fallen in opinion polls”.

The Peruvian opposition has protested against the suggestion by the government's allies that the constitution be changed before the 2011 elections. “The rules are clear. The constitution can not be reinterpreted. The rules of the game can not be changed like this,” declared MP Raúl Castro Stagnaro to DPA. Stagnaro also announced that his party, the conservative National Unity Party, would strongly oppose any change to the country's constitution if the proposal is formally presented.

Re-election is the wrong way to go because it encourages the temptation to remain in power, and this leads to what is happening in neighbouring countries,” said the leader of the governing Aprista Party Wilder Bendezú, distancing himself from fellow party members.

García, 59, whose centre-right government has a support rating of 29.2 percent, has shown no signs of wanting to be elected again 2011, although on several occasions he has declared that he would be prepared to stand again in 2016. García was president of Peru between 1985 and 1990.

The candidates for the April 2011 polls have begun to emerge and include nationalist leader Ollanta Humala; Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of ex-premier Alberto Fujimori; and former President Alejandro Toledo, who governed between 2001 and 2006.

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  1. 09/24/2009

    President García is the quintessential democrat and convinced that the government should abide by the constitution and instead of worrying about the e -lections which are coming he is immersed in his work to leave behind a more viable developing country for the benefit of all Peruvians when his term in office comes to an end.There are profoundly important social programs like the WATER AND ELECTRICITY FOR ALL PROGRAM for thousands of people in our mountains and jungles, as well as putting an end to illiteracy .

  2. 07/30/2009

    in response to the first comment, i have to categorically refute that the people have no memory. The thing is that the Peruvian partitocracy, the law on political parties and the electoral laws are fixed to close the door on new parties and candidates for the people which there are loads of arent there? read art. 37, 99 of the c.p.e wuithout counting like 15 more that's why we suffer with these reelected presidents even though they are compared with cancer and aids, we lack political culture not memory thank you. write to me and we'll stay in touch.

  3. 05/20/2009

    Alan Garcia, with controversial corrupt policies, because narcoterrorists, drug and arms lords multiplied themselves during his two administrations, the three government branches are compromised by politicians that only answer to profit and have no scruples, they're taking their country to the brink of a political, economical, and social disaster.

  4. 05/20/2009

    Alan Garcia, with controversial corrupt policies, because narcoterrorists, drug and arms lords multiplied themselves during his two administrations, the three government branches are compromised by politicians that only answer to profit and have no scruples, they're taking their country to the brink of a political, economical, and social disaster.

  5. 05/12/2009

    Keiko, deserves an opportunity, Antumala, would be a very bad option, he's violent, socially bitter in my humble opinion, the pain his people went through still runs through his veins and we cannot live our lives holding a grudge like that.<p>Toledo, like everybody else, has done good and bad things and very bad things, the worst thing is that Latin people don't have a political or social memory, they forget things really easily, which is good, but not in political life, it isn't a good advantage. We have to remember politics, have a political memory, this way they wouldn't make the same mistakes from the past and we all know \"always, past mistakes will be made again\", why? ... just because of lack of political memory.<p>thank you for giving us this space

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