Congressman from Peru dies during the inauguration debate of the new government

Fernando Herrera belonged to Peru Libre, which is the faction most closely related to the president as they are all from the teaching profession.

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The congressman of the Peru Libre party, Fernando Herrera, died during the investiture debate of the renewed Government of the President of Peru, Pedro Castillo.

After confirming the tragic news, the plenary session of the Congress suspended the session in which it was debating the vote of confidence in the cabinet of Mirtha Vásquez in sign of mourning.

Local media reported that Herrera did not arrive at the beginning of the session at the Legislative Palace, however, Everything indicated that he would appear for the time of the final vote, until they were told that he was at the Guillermo Almenara Hospital in Lima.

Fernando Herrera, 55, had overcome Covid-19 last month, when he was under medical observation in one of the isolation centers established by the Peruvian public healthHowever, reports indicate that he died due to cardiorespiratory arrest.

The spokesperson for the Peru Libre parliamentary group, Waldemar Cerrón, thanked all the congressmen for their solidarity and described Herrera as “A defender of democracy.”

Faced with the surprising news, Congress observed a minute of silence and the president of the Legislature, María del Carmen Alva, ordered the suspension of the plenary session until Tuesday as a sign of mourning.

The Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo, also regretted the death of Herrera, one of the 13 congressmen from Peru Libre who form the faction closest to the president as they are all from the teaching profession.

“When a teacher dies, he never dies. When a social fighter dies, he never dies. There are men who give their lives for governance and democracy, and if there are men who give their lives for that, we are also willing to do it, “said Castillo.

“I join in the pain of his family. We will remember him as a defender of democracy, who fought to end social differences ”, he added.

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