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Peru Crisis: President impeached after attempting to dissolve Parliament

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Peruvian President Pedro Castillo appears to be in police custody, according to multiple reports, after a chaotic day in the country culminated in Castillo’s bid to dissolve parliament and install an emergency government in what many observers call an attempted coup. Here’s what we know so far.


  • According to Bloomberg, Castillo is in police custody Wednesday afternoon, but his legal status is unknown. The National Police posted on Twitter a photo of officers surrounding Castillo, but later deleted the post, according to the Associated Press.
  • Earlier in the day, Castillo said he was dissolving Parliament and would retain power in a caretaker government, ahead of Parliament’s scheduled vote to impeach him over corruption allegations.
  • The Peruvian Congress quickly moved forward with the planned vote and approved a measure to impeach Castillo.
  • Several senior government officials resigned after the former Peruvian president’s announcement, while the country’s armed forces and national police issued Joint statement Noting that she will support the emergency government of Mr. Castillo.
  • Parliament asked Vice President Dina Boulwart to take over the presidency, and she was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.
  • Boulwart, who became Peru’s first female president, denounced Castillo’s actions on Twitter as a “coup”.

main context

Pedro Castillo was elected president last year in a very close election, beating his opponent Keiko Fujimori by just 44,000 votes out of more than 17.6 million votes cast. He was almost immediately hit with allegations of corruption after taking office, including allegations that he personally benefited from public works projects, which led to six federal investigations against him. Mr. Castillo, 53, took office without political experience and his government has seen massive change during his 16-month tenure. More than 80 ministers have served in his cabinet, many of whom have faced criminal investigations for allegations amounting to murder, according to The New York Times. Pedro Castillo denied the allegations against him, describing them as political attacks based on his “inexperience” and “peasant upbringing”.

the shadow

German police arrested 25 people on Wednesday, accusing them of being far-right terrorists plotting to overthrow the government in the country. Authorities said the group was influenced by a QAnon conspiracy theory popular among America’s far-right.

Amazing fact

Wednesday’s unrest in Peru came as no surprise. The country has had six presidents since 2016 amid persistent corruption allegations involving senior officials and economic woes that have led to mass protests.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Nicholas Rayman

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