Dramatic day in Peru ends with president in jail and woman in power

“One big drama.” “A dramatic day.” “The whole country was dominated by what happened in the parliament building.” Foreign media call yesterday’s events in South American Peru ‘just like a movie’.

The curtain has fallen

It was all about a vote on the impeachment of the country’s president, 53-year-old Pedro Castillo, which was due to take place in parliament yesterday afternoon. Since Castillo came to power last summer, there have been two previous votes on his impeachment. Both times he was eventually allowed to stay on, but yesterday the curtain fell.

Yesterday morning, Castillo gave an unexpected televised address before the impeachment vote began. In it he announced that parliament would be dissolved and an extraordinary ’emergency government’ would be appointed.

The speech provoked astonishment from both the opposition in Peru’s parliament and its own allies. Everyone saw Castillo’s speech as an attempt at a coup to stay in power.

Everyone gets up

The US called on the president not to thwart the work of parliament. Peru’s highest court called it “unconstitutional,” disgraceful, numerous senior officials publicly resigned, and the police and military said in a statement that they would not support Castillo.

A few hours later, Castillo was in jail after parliament voted convincingly for his impeachment. The police arrested him for ‘rebellion’. His vice president, 60-year-old Dina Boluarte, was sworn in as Peru’s president at the time. Said is the country’s first female president.

During her inauguration, she indeed called Castillo’s attempt to stay in power a “coup d’├ętat”. She asks for ‘time and space’ to save the country.

Meanwhile, Castillo supporters took to the streets in Peru’s capital Lima. They protest at the building where the former president is being held. The police deployed tear gas.

First leftist president

Castillo was Peru’s first leftist president in recent years. The former teacher at a rural school pledged to fight poverty in the country in his campaign. Since taking office, he has faced permanent crises such as cabinet changes, corruption investigations and protests against his leadership.

In Castillo’s 17 months as president, Peru saw five cabinets, 80 ministers and six criminal investigations pass by.

Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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