Peru in Turmoil as President Castillo Faces Impeachment and Accusations of Coup d’etat

1: peru’s president pedro castillo has been seen on police premises after being impeached. congress, which is controlled by parties opposed to mr castillo, convened an emergency session and held the impeachment vote mr castillo had been trying to prevent. the united states “strongly urged” mr castillo to reverse his decision and several ministers resigned in protest. the head of the constitutional court accused him of launching a coup d’etat.

2: mr castillo made the move to dissolve congress just hours before it was due to start fresh impeachment proceedings against him. congress says it will swear in dina boularte as the country’s new leader later on wednesday. peru has been going through a rocky political period, with multiple presidents ousted from office in recent years.

3: mr castillo, who is a left-wing former school teacher, was elected in june 2021 in a polarising election. he has recently been fighting allegations of corruption, which he says are part of a plot to oust him. peru’s police and armed forces released a joint statement in which they said they respected the constitutional order. in 2020, it had three presidents within the space of five days.

By Evey Lovelace

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