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Peru Anti-Graft Referendum Boosts Vizcarra And Punishes Congress

  • Voters back measures to curb corruption in judiciary, parties
  • President says he’ll announce action plan in coming days
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra

Photographer: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

Peruvians backed President Martin Vizcarra’s anti-graft platform while barring lawmakers from serving consecutive terms in a closely-watched referendum.

With 91 percent of the ballots counted nationwide, voters overwhelmingly supported government proposals to revamp judicial appointments and implement tighter rules for political campaign financing while rejecting the addition of an upper chamber to Peru’s unicameral Congress. The outcome of Sunday’s vote was in line with expectations, and the ban on reelection means current legislators will leave office in July 2021.