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Peruvian Lawmakers Remove President Pedro Castillo from Office and Arrest Him

HeadlineDec 08, 2022

In Peru, President Pedro Castillo was impeached and arrested Wednesday after he attempted to dissolve Congress and install an emergency government. Lawmakers accused Castillo of attempting a coup, and Peru’s top court declared the move unconstitutional. The dramatic turn of events came as Castillo faced his third impeachment vote since taking office just a year and a half ago, vowing to tackle poverty and heal the wounds of colonialism. Castillo’s Vice President Dina Boluarte has been sworn in as Peru’s first woman president.

Interim President Dina Boluarte: “As we all know, there has been an attempted coup d’état, an attempt pushed by Mr. Pedro Castillo, which has not found backing in the institutions of democracy and in the streets. This Congress of the Republic, per the constitutional mandate, has taken a decision, and it is my duty to act accordingly.”

Ahead of his impeachment, Castillo, a former union leader and teacher, accused lawmakers of trying to “blow up democracy” and disregarding the will of the people. 

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