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Since last Monday, the virtual bench of Free Peru it has held three coordination meetings on its future parliamentary work. The most important decision was the election of their spokesmen, where the faction of Vladimir Cerrón, the party leader, prevailed over that of the magisterium close to Pedro Castillo. The incumbent spokesperson will fall on Betssy Chávez (Tacna) and the alternate on Jaime Quito (Arequipa).
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Chávez is a young lawyer who has been an affiliate of the party since September 2020, according to the records of the National Elections Jury, and to date she holds the position of secretary of discipline for Peru Libre in her Tacna region. In 2014, Chávez ran for regional councilor with Alianza para el Progreso, but was unsuccessful.
Quito has also been listed as an affiliate since September 2020, but in 2018 it had already applied without success with the Peru Libre shirt – then called Peru Libertario – to the district mayor of Paucarpata, Arequipa. Last March, the ONPE initiated an administrative sanctioning process against him. “For the receipt of contributions from a prohibited source” in the 2018 subnational campaign.
The meetings were held in Lima, and the vast majority participated in person. Only two members did not attend, one of them is with COVID-19.
The first decision taken by the group was to ratify that the parliamentary group will bear the name of Peru Libre. Then he went on to the proposals for the spokesperson, where those close to Vladimir Cerrón prevailed.
Chávez acknowledged that there was a proposal by legislators linked to the teaching profession, but he avoided giving names and said that it was elected by a majority and with the support of Pedro Castillo. “We have decided to work organically, being respectful of the statutory issue, otherwise we would be a ship adrift. We recognize the union of the magisterium. We work together with the teachers; it is about reaching consensus, no one can be left out “Chávez said in this regard.
Among other issues addressed in the meetings, the spokeswoman Chávez said that an “organic respect was established for Mr. Vladimir Cerrón, who sees the political guidelines of the party, while Professor Pedro Castillo is in charge of the presidential campaign.” In addition to this, work has begun on the agenda of what will be the main bench for the 2021-2026 period.
Among the main points on the Peru Libre agenda will be decentralization, since 35 of the 37 members come from the interior of the country. Betssy Chávez also announced that an initiative will be worked on for the rotation of anti-corruption prosecutors, zero credit for micro and small companies, as well as the reform of the Sunat. For the latter, they will hold a meeting with the institution’s workers union next Monday.
“We are looking for a popular economy, which refers to the tax renegotiation with large companies. We want to encourage investment but with clear rules. This does not mean that we are going to kick the board, but that we are respectful and we are going to dialogue “, referred to this newspaper.
Through various sources close to the bench, it was learned that the bloc related to Vladimir Cerrón has 22 members, while those of the magisterium, closer to Pedro Castillo, reach 15 members.
The last group includes Alex Paredes (Arequipa), Fernando Herrera (Tacna) and Francis Paredes (Ucayali), members of the National Federation of Education Workers of Peru (Fenate).
Lucinda Vásquez (San Martín) and Segundo Quiroz (Cajamarca) belong to Castillo’s circle of trust, and both participated in the controversial teacher strike of 2017, as did Nivardo Tello (Lima). Castillo has known Germán Tacuri (Ayacucho) since 2003 and they also participated together in the 2017 strike. This newspaper tried to communicate with members of this group, but did not receive any response.
Other sources said that some of the teachers’ group are evaluating forming their own political party, but are awaiting the results obtained by Castillo in the election.
The Bermejo factor
Sources in this newspaper indicated that the teaching faction had shown their discomfort because they felt that Guillermo Bermejo wanted to impose his spokesman.
On social media, Bermejo has said that he is a member of the political commission of Peru Libre, but is not listed as an affiliate of the party.
Dina Boluarte, candidate for vice president, spoke with Bermejo after the audio revealed.