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THE REFERENDUM GOES….BUT A FIFTH QUESTION IS NEEDED

Fujimorismo does not want the anti-corruption referendum proposed by President Vizcarra as a response to the citizen indignation that demands that everyone leave! Keiko Fujimori, the Popular Force leader who still has a majority in Congress, says that political reform and justice reform “are not a priority”. This argument does not fit with the aggravated political crisis from the audios of shame that show how rotten justice is in Peru and the perverse relationship between judges, politicians and businessmen who put their mafia interests above all else.

It is not ruled out that Mrs. Keiko Fujimory acted in this way out of revanchism and to point out that she is the boss with a congressional majority that can make anyone stagger. But, without a doubt, the fundamental thing is that she and her party ARE PART OF CORRUPTION, and dismantling the mafia network that has been woven into the judicial system carries with it the danger of ending up in jail if justice is administered with a little independence. The same happens with Alan Garcia (former president) which also opposes the referendum because of its links with Odebrecht and LavaJato.

It is not that the reforms proposed by the government in the four issues of the referendum represent a fundamental change. The constitutional reform of the National Council of the Judiciary, the re-election of congressmen, the private financing of political parties and the return to bicameralism are absolutely insufficient issues to address a regime crisis such as the one we are living through, which is combined with a long-standing systemic crisis. But submitting them to referendum opens an opportunity to sweep away the corrupt and for the people to participate in the discussion on some of the serious problems that afflict the country. And it is also a challenge for the left that must go further and dispute the anti-corruption flag with the president Vizcarra. Who with the referendum intends to gain social support and become the replacement figure of the neoliberal right that breaks sticks with the “fujimorismo”. Already CONFIEP and SNI, (business associations ) with the pragmatism that characterizes them, have shown this shift in favor of Vizcarra because Fujimorism has become a factor of instability that is not good for their business.

Even being in favor of the referendum, it would be a crass mistake to assume a condescending attitude with the government because with these partial and insufficient reforms Vizcarra. That seeks to silence the voices for a New Constitution that would put in debate changes even in economic matters with what the neoliberal model that consecrates the constitution of 93 would remain in the pillory. That is why the Citizens Assembly (*) is doing very well in “encouraging the people to be consulted on a fifth question, whether or not they want a Constituent Assembly to be implemented in the country”. This initiative should merit the deployment of an intense campaign to include that fifth question so that the significance of the referendum could become historic.

The referendum should serve us, as has been said, as an opportunity to encourage social mobilization in order to put an end to a corrupt state and change the Fujimontesinist political regime by pointing to a change of model in economic matters as well. One thing leads to another, although for the moment the axis is the democratic struggle against a situation in which impunity threatens to be imposed by the hand of Prosecutor Chávarry and the congressional majority. Once again, the people have the word in the streets, while we are building from the MNP and with Verónika Mendoza a true broad and unitary alternative, with a clear democratic and anti-neo-liberal north, which is where the anti-capitalist struggle in the world passes.

(*) The Citizen Assembly brings together human rights organizations, various collectives, as well as political organizations, and has played an active role in the calls for anti-corruption marches and rallies. The pronouncement in question is dated August 27, 2018.

Tito Prado is the National leader of the New Peru Movement and of the internal movement SÚMATE al MNP.

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