Peru's Congress has rejected a request by President Dina Boluarte to move forward elections slated for April 2024 to December 2023.
The proposal was rejected in the early hours of Saturday at a plenary session after receiving just 45 votes in favor, with 65 against and two abstentions.
"No one has any interest in clinging to power and I, Dina Boluarte, have no interest in remaining in the presidency any longer," Boluarte said after participating in an event.
Advancing the elections to later this year could help Peru "get out of this quagmire we're in," she said, pointing out that protests continued in Peru with "more violence" in the streets.
Political unrest in Peru was sparked on December 7, when Boluarte took office following the ouster of her predecessor Pedro Castillo. The Peruvian Congress impeached Castillo just hours after his failed attempt to dissolve the legislature. Castillo was then detained by security forces.
(With input from AFP, Xinhua)
(Cover: Peru's President Dina Boluarte speaks as she meets with foreign press, in Lima, Peru, January 24, 2023. /Reuters)