Two-Hour Coup: The Arrest of the President of Peru

sEru has a female president for the first time. After Congress impeached former President Pedro Castillo on Wednesday night, former Vice President Dina Boulwart took over. Shortly after the congressional vote, the 60-year-old lawyer and politician was sworn into her new office. Bulwart said she was aware of her “grave responsibility”. Their first task is to demand as much unity as possible for all Peruvians. A “political truce” is required to form a national unity government.

Castillo, who has come under fire for allegations of abuse of power and corruption, has managed to escape dismissal twice. It was Castillo’s fault that a third such move met little resistance in Congress on Wednesday. A few hours before the planned vote, Castillo addressed the nation with trembling hands and announced that he would dissolve Congress and declare an emergency government. Castillo also announced a “reorganization” of the judiciary, new elections and a new constitution. “Congress has destroyed the rule of law, democracy and the balance of state powers,” Castillo said.

Remember many things April 5, 1992. It was the day the then President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, dissolved the Congress in a self-coup, intervened in the judiciary, suspended the constitution and declared an emergency government. Fujimori then ruled in an authoritarian fashion until November 2000, when he left the country after being re-elected for a second time amid allegations of fraud and corruption. Thirty years ago, Fujimori got away with his own self-coup for two reasons: Not only was the army on his side, but also the majority of Peruvians.

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A private party distanced itself from Castillo

On the other hand, Castillo alone was trying to overthrow the constitution and the powers of the state. So how did he appear alone after his words. Not only the security forces, the judiciary, and the people’s representatives in Congress spoke about the coup, but also about their government. One minister after another resigned after Castillo advanced. Since the end, even Castillo’s left-wing party “Peri Libre” has distanced itself from the individual effort of its president. Castillo could not count on the population either. According to polls, 70 percent have recently spoken out against Castillo.

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