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Lawmakers Elect New Legislative Leader From Opposition Party

  • Peru’s Jose Williams, a former head of the Armed Forces, won the congressional presidency in a major victory for the country’s right-wing opposition, according to images broadcast on Congreso TV.
    • 67 lawmakers voted for Williams of right-wing political party Avanza Pais, with 41 lawmakers voting for centrist Luis Aragon.
  • On Sunday, the President expressed his willingness to work with the next head of Congress and called for ending confrontation between the two branches of the Peruvian State.
  • "The country needs to know that I will be the first to address the new Chair (of Parliament) to sit down, talk, and look closely at the great family and Peruvian people, in order to create these laws," he said.
  • Worth noting, Williams has in the past voted in favour of impeaching Castillo. While a sector of the opposition is publicly organising a third impeachment attempt, it has acknowledged it currently lacks the votes to win.

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