Peru’s Congress swears in new interim president

Peru’s Congress swears in interim president

The Peruvian legislature has sworn in Castillo’s vice president, Dina Boluarte, as the country’s new interim president.

Boluarte, 60, is now the first woman to lead the South American country.

Bilingual in Spanish and Quechua, she was on the same ticket when voters chose Castillo in July 2021. She also served as minister of development and social inclusion.

Peru’s politics of turmoil

In recent years, Peruvian politics have been marked by crisis and turmoil, with near-constant turmoil between legislators and presidents.

President Martin Vizcarra, who served between 2018 and 2020, dissolved Congress in 2019 and ordered new elections. That new legislature removed Vizcarra the next year.

Then came President Manuel Merino, who lasted less than a week in November 2020 before a police crackdown on protests demanding his resignation left two dead and injured 200 others.

His successor, Francisco Sagasti, lasted nine months before Castillo took over.

Investigations into alleged corruption must continue: HRW

Juanita Goebertus Estrada, head of the Americas division at Human Rights Watch, has said there is “solid evidence” that Castillo used his presidential powers to obstruct investigations into “serious corruption cases against him”.

Now that he is no longer President, those investigations must continue, as well as those into his actions today,” she wrote on Twitter.

Chile calls for respecting rule of law

Chile has said it “deeply regrets” the situation in Peru, calling for the crisis to be resolved “through democratic mechanisms” and respect for the rule of law.

“Our country makes an emphatic call for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and reaffirms its commitment to democracy and dialogue as the way to overcome this complex moment,” the Chilean foreign ministry said in a statement.

Peru’s national police urge public to ‘remain calm’

Peru’s national police have called on the public to “remain calm” amid the unfolding crisis.

In a tweet, the force denounced what it called “the breach of constitutional order”, without specifying what exactly it was referring to.

“We reject the breach of the constitutional order and urge the population to respect the Political Constitution and remain calm. Likewise, trust in state institutions,” the police said.

Regional meeting postponed amid turmoil

The Pacific Alliance meeting set to be held in Peru next week has been postponed, Mexico’s foreign ministry has said, amid the Peruvian political turmoil.

The regional alliance includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Castillo at police station in Peru’s capital: AJ correspondent

Reporting from Peru’s capital, Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez has said that Castillo is at a police station in the centre of Lima.

“We haven’t been able to confirm that he has been detained, but he’s at a police station,” Sanchez reported, adding that he was seen leaving the presidential palace with his family.

“He is with his family, with some bags, and we don’t know what will happen with him for now,” Sanchez said.

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