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Democracy at Risk: Peru’s President Dissolves Congress

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Pedro Castillo, President of Peru, dissolved this Wednesday the Congress and established a “Government of National Emergency.” The situation occurred hours before the Parliament debated a motion of vacancy (impeachment) against him that could have removed him from the Presidency.

“The following measures are hereby dictated: Temporarily dissolve the Congress of the Republic and establish an emergency government,” Castillo said in a message to the nation.

Pedro Castillo calls for a constituent assembly

With trembling hands, Castillo assured that he also calls for a Constituent Assembly. “To summon in the shortest term 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. “It is declared in 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.”

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.