Martha Gladys Chavez Cossio de Ocampo is a Peruvian politician and lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for president in the 2006 presidential elections on the Alliance for the Future ticket.
After Alberto Fujimori's self-coup on April 5, 1992, she was made a member of the Democratic Constitutional Congress, which wrote a new constitution during the Peruvian Constitutional Crisis of 1992. Chavez personally introduced the clauses of the Peruvian Constitution that allowed Fujimori to run for a second term and suggested that she might attempt to abolish all term limits on the presidency.Conaghan, Catherine M. (2005). ''Fujimori's Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 57. Chavez was the first woman to be elected President of the Congress of Peru in 1995.
One of her most controversial actions as congresswoman happened while the La Cantuta massacre case was making headlines in Peru. During the investigations and legal procedures, it was revealed that at least 10 people were kidnapped and killed by the Peruvian military. Chavez responded by introducing a law that prohibited the judicial powers from calling low-level military officials to testify in court cases. The resolution passed after opposition lawmakers walked out of Congress in protest.Conaghan, Catherine M. (2005). Fujimori's Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere''. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 69
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