The Peruvian government has allowed deported left-wingers to take their seats in the constituent assembly which will begin on 28th July.
The Peruvian government has allowed deported left-wingers to take their seats in the constituent assembly which will begin on 28th July. At the assembly's preparatory commission, the 100 winning candidates were formally handed their credentials. The elections, the first in the military-ruled country for 15 years, have returned Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, leader of the moderate right-wing American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) as victor. His party, however, have not achieved sufficient seats for a clear majority.
SYNOPSIS: During the election seven revolutionaries were deported, and there had been fears that certain opponents of the military regime who were elected, might not actually be allowed back into the country, or that they would be arrested. But these fears proved unfounded.
Former guerrilla Hugo Blanco who leads an alliance of groups formed into the Popular, Worker, Student and Farmer's Front (FORCEP) surprised pundits by coming third with 12 per cent of votes. Second came Luis Bedova Reyes Popular Christian party with 26 per cent. Bedova's ambition is to be President. Leonidas Rodriguez Figueroa, leader of the Socialist Revolutionary Party, was one of those exiled. He was arrested as he finished voting.
The veteran, 83-year-old, Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, has been a front runner in peruvian politics for more than 50 years. With 36 per cent of the vote, his Popular American Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) will have to negotiate with the right-wing Popular Christian Party of Dr. Bedoya.
At this session the two politicians' job was to swear each other in.
At the Congress gates, the teachers who have been on strike since June 8th, for an increase in wages were restrained by tear gas.
In an effort to show that their intention to return the country to civil rule is serious, the military government announced that former guerrilla leader Gonzalo Fernandez Gasco and other jailed politicians and other jailed politicians and labour leaders are to be freed. Peru faces massive problems. Earlier this year the International Monetary Fund scrapped its agreement with Peru which had failed to meet targets for an economic stabilisation programme. Tougher measures resulted in rioting which killed 20 people.