In July, Vizcarra proposed a referendum on judicial reform following a corruption scandal in the country's judicial branch. In particular, Vizcarra stressed that the referendum would allow the address of corruption and build the country's future on the basis of "inviolable democracy."
A 90-day state of emergency was declared on July 18 by the judicial branch of Peru after the publication of several audio recordings sparked a scandal over judicial corruption. In particular, phone recordings allegedly revealed that sentences were tampered with in exchange for bribes.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra urged the country's Justice Minister, Salvador Heresi, to step down in wake of the corruption allegations. Separately, the Peruvian Supreme Court announced the resignation of Walter Rios, the president of the top court in the city of Callao, who is also involved in the graft scandal.