Of congress in peru have impeached president pedro castillo just hours after he said he was dissolving the legislative body. on wednesday, mr castillo made an announcement on national television that he was establishing an “exceptional government” in order to “re-establish the rule of law and democracy”. this move was met with shock and outrage both in peru and abroad, with several ministers resigning in protest and the united states “strongly urging” mr castillo to reverse his decision. peru’s police and armed forces also appeared to side with congress, leading to his impeachment.
Events in peru unfolded on wednesday, with the impeachment of president pedro castillo occurring just hours after he said he was dissolving the legislative body. the announcement was made on national television, with the move being met with shock and outrage both in peru and abroad. it has been a rocky political period for peru in recent years, with multiple presidents ousted from office in 2020 alone.
Impeachment of president pedro castillo came about as a result of him attempting to rule by decree, ignoring congress. he made the announcement just hours before congress was due to start fresh impeachment proceedings against him – the third since he came to office in july 2021. mr castillo has accused those aiming to remove him from office of trying to undermine democracy, and his own vice-president denounced his move as a “coup d’etat”. the head of the constitutional court also said the move was an attempted coup.