LIMA – The head of the Peruvian Council of Ministers, Fernando Zavala, on Thursday presented the management plan of the recently-installed government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and, in requesting a vote of confidence by Congress, announced that it seeks to place the country’s development on a solid basis.
Zavala offered the full Congress a detailed explanation of 160 measures to fight the public lack of security and corruption, reactivate the economy, reduce poverty, increase employment, improve infrastructure and move the state closer to the citizenry.
“This is specifically about arriving at the independence bicentennial (in 2021) as a modern, more competitive – but more equal – country. To achieve that, today we’re presenting more than 160 concrete government measures that have different time frames for execution,” Zavala said.
The cabinet chief, along with all the government ministers, on Thursday attended an all-day plenary session of Congress to request the lawmakers’ vote of confidence for the management plan of the administration that took office on July 28.
Zavala announced that over the next five years the government is proposing to eradicate extreme poverty, which now encompasses 4 percent of the population, to diminish poverty from 22 percent to 15 percent of the citizenry and to reduce urban poverty from 14.5 percent to 9 percent.
He added that social programs will be strengthened and the government intends to expand potable water and healthcare services to all citizens.
The cabinet chief also said that the government will work to “liberate” the country “from the scourge of lack of security,” adding that, to transform Peru into a modern, inclusive state with opportunities for all, respect for and compliance with the law must be guaranteed.
According to the program for the plenary congressional session, after Zavala’s presentation, the country’s 130 legislators, representing six parties, will discuss the plan in the presence of the government ministers, who will subsequently respond to lawmakers’ comments or requests.
Once this round of discussions and responses has concluded, the cabinet will depart and legislators will hold the confidence vote, which must receive the support of 66 lawmakers to be approved.
If Congress fails to approve the confidence vote, Kuczynski will have to name another team of ministers who will then have to appear before Congress to request another vote.
The Peruvian Constitution establishes that if Congress delivers no confidence votes twice, the president may dissolve the body and convene new legislative elections.