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Pedro Castillo, former president of Peru, was arrested after attempting to dissolve Congress. Following Castillo’s decision, he was also impeached by Congress in a vote that saw 101 of the 117 MPs voting for the impeachment. His Vice President Dina Boluarte was swiftly sworn in as president.
“In compliance with our faculties and attributions described in article 5 of D.L (legislative decree) n.° 1267 Ley la Policía Nacional del Perú (PNP), PNP officers intervene the former president Pedro Castillo,” wrote the official account of the body in its Twitter account.
According to EFE, Castillo’s whereabouts were unknown for about half an hour until he was detained by police while seeking asylum at the Mexican Embassy.
Pedro Castillo’s coup d’état
Earlier, Castillo announced an emergency government, a move that was branded by the opposition and several members of his government, including Vice President Dina Boluarte, as a coup d’état.
With trembling hands, Castillo assured that he was also calling for a Constituent Assembly. “To summon in the shortest time possible elections for a new Congress with constituent powers to elaborate a new Constitution in a period of no more than 9 months”.
Likewise, the socialist informed that a curfew was ordered throughout the national territory as of this Wednesday from 22.00 local time. “We declare the reorganization of the judicial system, the Judiciary, the Public Ministry, the National Justice Board (JNJ), and the Constitutional Court (TC),” he said.
He added that “all those in possession of illegal weapons must hand them over to the National Police within 72 hours” and that “whoever fails to do so commits a crime punishable by imprisonment to be established in the respective decree law”.
The President explained that the Police will maintain its functions: “With the help of the Armed Forces, they will dedicate their efforts to the fight against crime, corruption and drug trafficking, for which purpose they will be provided with the necessary resources”.