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Congreso de la República (Congress of the Republic)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Congreso de la República / Congress of the Republic
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 10 April 2016
Purpose of elections For the first time since 1995, "Fujimorism" regained control of the Congress of the Republic, when the Popular Force led by Ms. Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Mr. Alberto Fujimori, won 73 of the 130 seats at stake in the election. Only two other parties won more than 10 seats: The Broad Front for Justice, Life and Liberty led by MP Verónika Mendoza and the Peruvians for Change led by former Prime Minister and economist, Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. During the election campaign, the major parties promised to improve the country's infrastructure and stabilize its economic environment. The debate focused on whether Peru should retain the current free-market model, and the State's role in the mining industry.

In the presidential elections held in parallel, no candidates secured the required majority to be elected in the first round of voting. In the run-off elections held on 5 June, Mr. Kuczynski narrowly defeated Ms. Fujimori. He succeeds President Ollanta Humala, who was constitutionally barred from seeking a second consecutive term.
Date of previous elections: 10 April 2011

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: April 2020

Number of seats at stake: 130 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 2,242 (1,354 men, 888 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 39.6%

Number of parties contesting the election: 15

Number of parties winning seats: 6

Alternation of power: Yes*
*President: From Peru Wins alliance to Peruvians for Change
Congress: From Peru Wins alliance to Popular Force

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 26 July 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. Luz Filomena Salgado Rubianes (Popular Force)
Voter turnout
Round no 110 April 2016
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
17'791'516 (81.99%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Popular Force
Broad Front for Justice, Life and Liberty
Peruvians for Change
Alliance for Progress of Peru
People's Action
People's Alliance
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Popular Force 73
Broad Front for Justice, Life and Liberty 20
Peruvians for Change 18
Alliance for Progress of Peru 9
People's Action 5
People's Alliance 5
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Note on the number of women:
On the initial list of candidates-elect, there were 34 women out of 130 members.
However, the number of women increased to 36 before the newly elected members were sworn in on 22 July when their mandate officially began.

Congress of the Republic (18.05.2016, 31.05.2016, 03.08.2016)
BBC Monitoring

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