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Why was Peru President Pedro Castillo impeached?


Congress votes to remove Castillo after he sought to rule by decree. He was replaced by his deputy Dina Boluarte.

(Al Jazeera) – Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo has been arrested after he was removed from office by the Congress in an impeachment trial.

Left-wing leader Castillo announced on Wednesday that he was dissolving the Congress, introducing a curfew and using emergency powers to call new elections.

The move was condemned by the constitutional court as a “coup d’etat” and legislators soon gathered and overwhelmingly voted in favour of removing Castillo.

The former president was later arrested and accused of the crimes of “rebellion” and “conspiracy” for breaking the constitutional order.

Hours after the impeachment, Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn in as Peru’s new president.

Let us take a closer look at how the dramatic events unfolded in Peru and what could happen next.

Why was Castillo impeached?

Castillo announced plans to “temporarily” dissolve the legislature and rule by decree to “re-establish the rule of law and democracy” in Peru.

The move was widely condemned as an attempted “coup”. Several government ministers resigned in protest and the Congress quickly held an impeachment trial, overwhelmingly voting to remove Castillo with 101 votes out of a total of 130.

“We condemn the violation of constitutional order,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.

“Peru’s political constitution enshrines the separation of powers and establishes that Peru is a democratic and sovereign Republic … No authority can put itself above the Constitution and must comply with constitutional mandates.”

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