Time up for delegated authority

09 January 2017

The 90 days authorised by the Congress during which the executive was enabled to legislate by supreme decree came to an end on 6 January. During that time, the executive issued 112 decrees in the areas specified by Congress: improving security, combating corruption, widening access to water and boosting growth. None of the measures passed appear to have radically changed public policy; probably the area which attracted most attention was the clamp-down on corruption and increasing the penalties for those convicted.

On 11 January, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala will go before Congress to justify his use of faculties that had extended his executive power. It may prove a rough ride. The constitution commission that is empowered with accepting (or not) the new legislation is chaired by the more recalcitrant sectors of the pro-Fujimori Fuerza Popular (FP). Keiko Fujimori who, as Alvaro Augusto Rodrich comments in his column this weekend in La República, cuts the mustard in FP, will be the person who decides as to how much of the government’s legislative package will get the go-ahead. It is unlikely to be carte blanche.

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