Fujimoristas flex their muscles, again
09 September 2017
The on-going tension between the majority in Congress and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski continues. In the past week his formal request to be given permission to travel (which he is constitutionally obliged to obtain) to the UN General Assembly, as well as to Rome to see Pope Francis, was initially blocked, only to be granted later.
The Fujimori majority argued that since the country was in a state of emergency the presence of the president was needed; it thus demanded further information justifying his need to travel. This was yet another show of force by the Fujimorista majority to remind the president of its legislative powers. Permission to travel has always been little more than a formal exercise. When the issue was first debated on 25 August no final decision was taken; it was only on 7 September, after more information was supplied and with the General Assembly looming, that Congress gave the green light.