Once the resignation of the presidency of Congress and the commission imposed for the presidency of the Republic has been made concrete, Manuel Merino will now face a process to be expelled from the Popular Action party. It is the political cost for the damage it caused to this organization that, in the XXI century, ended up stained with blood.
With Popular Action, seven other political parties participated in the blow against democracy perpetrated exactly a week ago and that will remain in memory: Alliance for Progress (APP), Union for Peru (UPP), Popular Force, Podemos Peru, Frepap, Somos Peru and the left-wing group Frente Amplio.
But behind those parties there were people who, by act or omission or silence, played a decisive role in the presidential vacancy process.
The most visible face in the case of Acción Popular is Manuel Merino. Against him, on Saturday night a statement came out signed by the party president, Mesías Guevara, and the former general secretaries of the organization Yonhy Lescano, Alberto Velarde and Luis Enrique Gálvez.
In the document They ask Merino to resign from the party, but also the 18 acciopopulistas who voted in favor of the vacancy. If the resignations do not proceed, the signatories of the pronouncement propose the beginning of a disciplinary process to be expelled.
On Saturday at midnight, after the deaths of two young Peruvians during the protests, Mesías Guevara said that Merino’s decision did a lot of damage to the party.
It is also worth remembering the role of Raúl Diez Canseco, who in a previous video spoke out against any vacancy process, but in the end he was seen in the galleries of Parliament, validating with his presence the swearing in of the usurper Manuel Merino.
Along with Popular Action, a party that was decisive in the vacancy was Alianza para el Progreso (APP), owned by César Acuña. Without the twenty votes, the vacancy could have fallen and the crisis was avoided.
The businessman César Acuña had indicated that he was against the vacancy, but in the end his bench in Parliament voted in a different direction. What’s more, during the plenary session last Monday, the also candidate for the presidency was silent in all languages.
Just yesterday on Twitter he expressed his condemnation of “repressive acts” that caused the deaths of two young people. Acts that originated in the vote of Parliament, including his party.
Another who apologized yesterday was Guillermo Aliaga, outgoing vice president of Congress and member of Somos Perú. “I apologize to the Peruvians, the decision I made during the vacancy was not the right one, I must acknowledge it nobly”the legislator wrote on Twitter. His party also supported the vacancy.
As for Fuerza Popular, Keiko Fujimori spoke out against the first vacancy process. Then, with the second motion, he simply opted for dead silence. He waited for the serious events after the mobilization and just came out to express himself on Twitter.
“If President Merino does not resign, he must be censored today,” he wrote yesterday, despite the fact that his party brought this populist to power.
All these parties, of course, matched the Union for Peru bench, of Antauro Humala, which promoted the vacancy through José Vega Antonio.
Frente Amplio, Frepap and Podemos
The role of six legislators from the Broad Front who decidedly supported the vacancy also remains for the record of history. Behind them was the presidential candidate Marco Arana. After the events, the citizens expressed their condemnation of this party.
The same goes for the Frepap. In the midst of ups and downs and a non-transparent performance, this bench maintained an ambiguous discourse. First they voted against the admission to debate of the vacancy motion. They then voted in favor. Now they also receive rejection in the streets.
Finally, Podemos Peru played a decisive role, in the midst of serious investigations against José Luna Gálvez.
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