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Peru president dissolves congress, which then ousts him - The Associated Press - en Español

Peru president dissolves congress, which then ousts him - The Associated Press - en Español

Peru president dissolves congress, which then ousts him - The Associated Press - en Español
Dec 07, 2022 1 min, 2 secs

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The president of Peru was ousted by Congress Wednesday after he sought to dissolve the legislative body and take unilateral control of the government, triggering a grave constitutional crisis.

Fluent in Spanish and Quechua, Boluarte was elected as vice president on the presidential ticket that brought Castillo to power July 28, 2021.

Shortly before the vote, Castillo announced that he was installing a new emergency government and would rule by decree.

The Ombudsman’s Office, an autonomous government institution, said before the congressional vote that Castillo should turn himself in to judicial authorities.

Lisa Kenna called on Castillo via Twitter to reverse his decree to dissolve Congress, saying the U.S.

The administration of Chilean President Gabriel Boric lamented the political situation in Peru and trusted that the crisis would be resolved through democratic mechanisms.

The first president to come from a poor farming community in the nation’s history, Castillo arrived in the presidential palace last year without any political experience.

Although Castillo is the first president to be investigated while still in office, the probes are no surprise in a country where nearly every former president in the last 40 years have been charged with corruption linked to multinational corporations, such as the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

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