AMERICA/PERU - The bishops on the political crisis in the Country: "This is the worst time to cause a new crisis"

Thursday, 6 August 2020 democracy   politics   area crisis   coronavirus   economy  


Lima (Agenzia Fides) - From large private companies to trade unions and the Catholic Church, everyone has asked the Executive and the Congress of Peru to immediately overcome the serious political crisis that the Country is facing after the Legislative power caused the fall of the cabinet of Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano last Tuesday.
The common denominator of all the statements on Wednesday was the invocation to reach a consensus that prevents the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, which sees Peru as the seventh Country in the world and the third in Latin America with most cases.
Peru's Congress on Tuesday denied a vote of confidence in the cabinet, leading to President Martin Vizcarra's announcement of a reshuffle.
The text of the statement of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference (CEP), sent to Fides, stresses that the country "is experiencing times of suffering and pain due to the pandemic" and it is urgent "to promote national unity". "This is the worst time to provoke a new crisis", they wrote. "The political class must put aside the differences they can have and rise to current circumstances, favoring the lives of Peruvians".
Finally, the bishops called on political forces "to seek consensus", with a "priority program" that seeks the well-being of all Peruvians and thus build "on the basis of dialogue, good faith and place the common good before any group interest".
The political crisis in the Country occurs at a time in which the Country has exceeded 20,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and has almost reached 440,000 reported infections. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 6/8/2020)