President Martín Vizcarra and Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos on 30 October presented the government’s policy priorities between now and the end of Vizcarra’s term in July 2021. They did so, not before Congress (now dissolved) but at the presidential palace.

Apart from holding transparent elections, the main thrust of official activity will be in the social sphere. Zeballos, in his speech, promised to raise the minimum wage, to revise the levels at which pensions are paid, and to take new steps towards stemming gender-related violence. He also promised to introduce a universal system of health insurance as well as measures to facilitate public access to generic drugs.

Summing up, Zeballos said that “our guiding star will now be attending public necessities, improving public services, promoting economic growth and employment, and guaranteeing that electoral rules are respected in electing out representatives”.

Vizcarra said he welcomed the Constitutional Tribunal’s voice on the dissolution issue. He also said he expected growth this year to be 3%. He remarked that he will not be travelling outside Peru until after the January legislative elections; to do so he would have to have the approval of Congress. Also, there is now no vice-president to hold the ring in his absence.