Opposition congressmen try to make the Legislative power, dominated precisely by anti-government groups, controls the election of various state authorities. To the bench project Country advances for what Congress appoints attorney generalothers are added to make parliamentarians more powerful.
Patricia Chirinos, congresswoman of Avanza Paíspresented on Wednesday the 26th a bill for the state attorney general to be elected by the Congress at the proposal of the Permanent Commission of this same entity. Currently, this senior official is appointed by the President of the Republic at the proposal of the Minister of Justice, but has autonomy.
In his project, Chirinos alleges that “he seeks to grant autonomy to the Attorney General’s Office” and that the “legal defense of the State does not depend exclusively on the government in power.” His colleague Héctor Acuña, from the Alliance for Progress (APP)had proposed almost the same thing two weeks before: that the attorney general be elected by Congress with the vote in favor of two thirds of the legislators.
The current Attorney General, Daniel Soria, has denounced President Pedro Castillo for alleged influence peddling and remains in his position due to the prerogatives that the law gives him in this regard.
The specialists question that the election of the attorney general be passed to Congress.
“It is extremely risky. If you want to disassociate yourself from the politicization that the appointment by the presidency could mean, it does not change. The Congress would elect him and we would have the risk of politicization of Congress”, says the former anti-corruption attorney Yvan Montoya.
“It is politicizing an institution that requires independence from other state agencies,” match Luis Vargas Valdiviaalso former attorney.
Other initiatives ratify the vocation of the opposition to empower itself in Parliament.
congressman Jose Elijah Avalosfrom Podemos Peru, He proposed that the Legislative have to ratify the appointment of ambassadors and plenipotentiary ministers and the promotions of the Armed Forces and the Police made by the President of the Republic. The project has been in the Constitution Commission of Congress since last month.
the legislator Carol Wallsof Popular Action, has proposed that Parliament directly elect the Comptroller of the Republic, without adhering to the proposal made by the Executive, as established by the Constitution. The initiative is also in the Constitution since this month.
adriana tudelafrom Avanza País, projected that the Permanent Commission of Congress can withdraw members of the steering committee of Indecopi. Then, the Legislative Constitution Commission ruled that the Permanent not only can remove these directors, but must decide whether to ratify them.
These are some examples of the search for more congressional power.
Yván Montoya, former anti-corruption attorney
“It is reflected that the Congress has become more and more intensely a center for the representation of particular interests. They have no notion of what constitutional design is. They believe they are the first power of the State”.
Luis Vargas Valdivia, former special prosecutor
“They are already outdated formulas that seek to concentrate more power in Congress and these decisions threaten adequate appointments. Those important constitutional entities cannot depend on political will.”