Peruvian president sworn in after ousting Castillo


Dina Boluarte was sworn in as interim president of Peru on Wednesday evening Danish time, after Pedro Castillo was ousted from the post earlier in the day.

This is written by the Reuters news agency.

Boluarte takes office after a politically tense day in which the previous president, Pedro Castillo, tried to dissolve the country’s parliament to avoid being impeached.

Castillo’s move initially led to heavy criticism from the opposition, before ministers began to withdraw from the country’s government.

The criticism was, among other things, that Castillo was in the middle of trying to coup the country. He had announced shortly before that he would put together an ’emergency government’ and rule the country by decree.

Among other things, his foreign minister, Cesar Landa, resigned saying that Castillo was in the process of committing a crime against the country’s constitution.

“I strongly condemn this self-coup,” Landa said, adding that Castillo’s decision had been made with neither his knowledge nor blessing.

After Castillo was voted out of office by the country’s parliament, Peruvian police shared photos of him from the police station. The police wrote that it had ‘intervened’ to meet its obligations. The police also referred to Castillo as ‘ex-president’.

Boluarte, who was previously vice president, will be the South American country’s first ever female president.

“I am asking for unity in Peru and dialogue with the political institutions”, says Boluarte and adds that she will try to put together a government that includes parties from the entire political spectrum in the country.

According to the French news agency AFP, Boluarte said during a meeting of the parliament that “in accordance with Peru’s constitution” she will contest the office until July 26, 2026. That is when Castillo’s term of office would have ended.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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