Peru’s parliament voted Wednesday to impeach President Pedro Castillo. Shortly before that, Castillo tried to prevent that vote by dissolving parliament. The now deposed president was arrested shortly after the vote for “rebellion”.
Castillo announced in a televised address on Wednesday afternoon (local time) that he wanted to dissolve parliament. He wanted to form an emergency government, after which new elections would follow. Castillo also announced a curfew.
His decision was immediately met with a lot of criticism. The question arose as to whether he should be allowed to dissolve parliament. There was talk of a coup and several ministers resigned.
Castillo’s decision could not prevent a vote on impeaching the president. Parliament voted in favor by 110 votes. Ten MPs voted against and six abstained.
The country’s National Police tweeted photos shortly after the vote showing the former president being handcuffed.
Castillo charged with ‘moral impotence’
The parliament deemed Castillo “morally incompetent” therefore unfit to lead the country. Since 2018, two presidents have been fired for similar moral incompetence.
Vice President Dina Boluarte is Castillo’s new successor. She was named interim president around 4 p.m.
Castillo, a former teacher, unexpectedly won the elections in Peru in 2021. Since taking office, the country has faced crises such as cabinet changes, corruption investigations and protests against his leadership.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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