Last Updated: 2018-09-12
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LIMA, Sept 12 (NNN-ANDINA) -- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who was sworn into office as president on March 23, following the resignation of his predecessor, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has ruled out running for the 2021 elections.

According to the Head of State, he will leave office with the satisfaction of knowing he had set the strong foundations for the Inca country's development. "Be assured that on July 28, 2021, I will hand over the presidential sash to the successor …," he told CNN en Español news network.

The Peruvian leader went on to add that his presidency is temporary and in less than three years he will pass on the responsibility to someone else.

Vice-President Vizcarra took office on March 23 to replace Kuczynski (2016-2018), who had step down amidst a political scandal.

"No, I will not run in 2021 (…). After that (leaving the position), I will be an ordinary citizen," emphasized Vizcarra, who indicated that members of Congress who currently submit bills to put a ban on presidential re-election are wasting their time.

Last July, the top official proposed holding a referendum to determine whether Peruvians want lawmakers to be re-elected. The majority of citizens support President Martin Vizcarra's proposed reforms which awaiting debate in Congress to decide whether or not they will be submitted to a referendum, an Ipsos Peru poll revealed last August. -- NNN-ANDINA