Law to exclude Guzman and Mendoza fails, for now

17 June 2018

Legislation under discussion in the Constitutional Commission of the Peruvian Congress designed to exclude candidates from the 2021 presidential elections suffered a setback on 13 June. The legislation, originally promoted by APRA’s Mauricio Mulder, has now been knocked back into next year’s parliamentary agenda. It failed to win sufficient support.

Mulder is the most conspicuous and pugnacious member of the small APRA contingent in Congress. He is viewed as Alan García’s loyal lieutenant, as well as part of the nexus that has linked APRA closely to the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular (FP) in recent years.

Mulder’s law, justified on the basis of strengthening party structures, would have had the effect of excluding Julio Guzmán (of the centrist Morado Party) and Verónika Mendoza (of the left-wing Nuevo Perú party) from running for president in 2021. Backed by FP, the law would, in all probability, have helped Keiko Fujimori’s chances of winning the presidency.

The original legislative proposal stipulated that all candidates would need to show three years of militancy in their respective parties before they could run. It was designed to stop candidates from new parties from standing. Mulder’s bill would have affected the 2021 elections, though members of the commission argued that it should only come into effect for the subsequent presidential poll in 2026.

Mulder tried to prevent such a delay, but members of the commission refused to authorise a move that would have precluded candidates currently seeking official registration. Opinion polls suggest that Guzman and Mendoza are among the would-be candidates with strongest popular support. 

All news

  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • Why join the PSG?

    • Keep up to date with latest news and developments in Peru
    • Learn about key issues of poverty, development and human rights in Peru
    • Support the work of the Peru Support Group

    Become a member