The authorities in Peru arrested the country’s president, Pedro Castillo, hours after announcing his impeachment, in a rapid development in the South American country.
And the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Peru announced that the dismissed and arrested president is accused of rebelling against the country’s laws, at a time when the new president was sworn in after his predecessor was dismissed and arrested.
Activists and bloggers posted videos on social media documenting the moment Castillo was arrested.
And the police announced on their official Twitter account that the security forces had arrested President Pedro Castillo and referred to him as the former president.
PERU – URGENTE. Así fue detenido Pedro Castillo. Ciudadanos detuvieron la caravana que trasladaba a Pedro Castillo, luego del anuncio del cierre del Congreso. pic.twitter.com/IPSWSW8k17
– Liliana Franco (@lilianaf523) December 7, 2022
On Wednesday, the Peruvian parliament, which is dominated by the right-wing opposition, announced the impeachment of left-wing President Pedro Castillo on charges of “moral incompetence”, ignoring the president’s decision to dissolve parliament hours earlier.
And 101 deputies out of 130 agreed to dismiss the president in a live televised session, despite Castillo’s declaration of the dissolution of Parliament and the state of emergency in the country.
Pedro Castillo has previously survived two other motions of impeachment, the last of which was in March 2022.
🚨Primeiras imagens do golpista, comunista Pedro Castillo após ser detido por realizáção de um golpe de Estado no Peru. 🇵🇪 Nada muda no Peru, assumiu sua vice. pic.twitter.com/US4hMaJgTn
– O Pesadelo dos Políticos (@OPesadeloDP) December 7, 2022
At the time, the opposition accused him of interfering in a corruption case believed to have involved his close associates and of “treason” after he announced his willingness to hold a referendum on granting access to the Pacific Ocean to neighboring Bolivia, which does not overlook the sea.
It also held him responsible for repeating ministerial crises and forming four governments in 8 months, which is unprecedented in the country.
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