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President Peru Castillo was sacked after he tried to dissolve Congress

President Peru Castillo was sacked after he tried to dissolve Congress



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Political turmoil engulfed Peru on Wednesday, as the country’s Congress voted to impeach President Pedro Castillo just hours after he attempted to dissolve the legislature and install an emergency government.

The day began with Castillo making a televised speech from the presidential palace, in which he announced plans to hold snap parliamentary elections to work on a new constitution, prompting a series of ministerial resignations and widespread criticism.

The embattled president, who has survived two impeachment attempts, declared a national curfew from Wednesday from 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) to 4 a.m. local time.

However, Congress appeared defiant and began its session on Wednesday with lawmakers singing the national anthem. A majority of 101 deputies in the 130-person Congress subsequently voted to impeach Castillo.

Vice President Dina Boulwart will be next in line, according to the country’s constitution.

Prior to the vote, Francisco Morales, President of Peru’s Constitutional Court, called Castillo’s action a “coup d’etat” in a televised press conference, and urged Boloart to take over the presidency.

Polwart also criticized Castillo prior to the vote. “I reject Pedro Castillo’s decision to commit the collapse of constitutional order by closing Congress,” Poulwart wrote on Twitter. “It is a coup that exacerbates the political and institutional crisis that Peruvian society will have to overcome by strictly adhering to the law.”

At least seven ministers resigned, including Environment Minister Wilbert Rosas, Finance Minister Kurt Borneo, Foreign Relations Minister Cesar Landa and Justice Minister Felix Ciro.

The left-wing leader’s government has been plunged into disarray since his inauguration, with dozens of ministers appointed, replaced, sacked or resigned in just over a year – piling pressure on the president. president.

Castillo, A.; former teacher A trade union leader, he criticized the opposition for trying to impeach him from the first day he was in office and accused Peru’s attorney general, Patricia Benavides, of orchestrating what he called a new form of “coup d’etat” against him.

In October, Benavides filed a constitutional complaint against him based on three counts The six investigations Her office opened. The complaint allows Congress to conduct its own investigation against the president.

A motion put forward by the opposition last week asked for the president to be impeached for being “morally unfit” under Article 113 of the Peruvian constitution.

Elected in July 2021 by a narrow runoff margin, Castillo has faced a series of investigations into whether he used his position to benefit himself, his family and closest allies through influence peddling or preferential treatment, among other allegations.

Castillo has repeatedly denied all allegations and has stated his willingness to cooperate with any investigation. He says the allegations were the result of a witch-hunt against him and his family by groups that failed to accept his election victory.

The president faces five preliminary criminal investigations into allegations of corruption schemes while in office. These include allegations by prosecutors that he led a “criminal network” that interfered with public institutions such as the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Ministry of Housing, and the Peruvian state oil company to control public bidding processes and benefit certain companies and close allies.

Prosecutors are also investigating whether the president led efforts to expand influence in the officer promotion process in both the armed forces and the national police.

These investigations expand beyond the president himself, and also deal with the Castillo family, including his wife and sister-in-law. First Lady Lilia Paredes is being investigated on suspicion of coordinating the criminal network. Her attorney, Benji Espinosa, has maintained her innocence, and argues that the investigation against the first lady includes “a number of flaws and omissions.”

Her sister-in-law, Yenifer Paredes, is under investigation for allegedly being part of a criminal organization, money laundering and aggravated collusion. She remained in detention until a judge canceled her 30-month “protective detention.” She also denied any wrongdoing.

He said, “My daughter, my wife and my entire family have been attacked with the intention of destroying me only because they don’t want me to finish my term, I promise I will finish my term, I am not corrupt.” During a televised speech from the presidential palace on October 20.

In the same speech, Castillo acknowledged that some of his closest allies must face justice over allegations of corruption, saying, “If they betray my trust, let justice take care of them.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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