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A new hot spot: after the arrest of the socialist president, Peru was on the brink of civil war

Date: June 25, 2024 Time: 10:59:15

The current situation once again hits Peru, which was already in a constant political crisis.

Photo: REUTERS

Peru has been seriously feverish for the past week. The confrontation between the parliament and the president began in the country. As a result, the head of state, Pedro Castillo, was arrested and Vice President Dina Boluarte took over. But this “palace coup” did not end there. In support of the arrested Castillo, there were protests throughout the country, clashes with the police, and the new government declared a state of emergency.

NEW KEYS

The problems of the president of Peru began from the same election to the position of head of state, since he defeated his rival in the second round, obtaining 50.1% of the votes, that is, with an advantage at the level of “mathematical error”. . “. In addition, the movement that nominated Castillo for high office turned out to be a minority in parliament. A simple village teacher, who had no connections with the elite, irritated the “traditional” parties, so after taking the oath , political opponents immediately tried to reason with the “upstart.” Perhaps the old elites feared the rise of a “new Hugo Chávez” in Peru, which could undermine their influence.

The war between the president and parliament in the South American state continued to be quite active: legislators accused Castillo of corruption, and he, in turn, insisted that most of the deputies were in opposition and were not concerned about the problems of the country, but with attempts to overthrow it.

However, during his fight with the opposition, the head of state managed to fall out with his supporters, leaving behind a key ally: the Peru Libre party. As a result, Castillo was left “in splendid isolation”, having lost the support of loyalist politicians, and found himself in a very dangerous position.

In total, since Castillo’s election in the summer of 2021, Parliament has twice raised the issue of impeachment against the president and on December 7 it intended to do so for the third time. Without waiting for the resignation, the ex-president “struck” first: he spoke on national television, declared a state of emergency in the country and announced the dissolution of parliament and its replacement by an interim government.

Many considered such behavior a violation of the fundamental law and reacted accordingly: several ministers resigned and the head of the Constitutional Court accused Castillo of an attempted coup d’état.

Following this, the parliamentarians decided not to delay and nevertheless announced the removal of the president and swore in the interim vice president of the country, Dina Boluarte, 60, who became the first female president of Peru.

The problems of the president of Peru began from the same election to the position of head of state, since he defeated his rival in the second round with 50.1% of the votes

Photo: REUTERS

PEOPLE AGAINST

Castillo himself was arrested and charged with attempted rebellion. This article is serious, it is assumed that he would be imprisoned for a period of 10 to 20 years, and taking into account other charges that “hang” on the former president, we can talk about that during the next quarter of a century a rural teacher who got into the great policy, will hold up in not-so-remote places.

Many thought Castillo’s removal from power would be painless, especially as the latest public opinion polls showed a decline in the Peruvian leader’s popularity among the population. However, the news from Lima shocked many residents of the region, who perceived the former head of state as a defender of his interests, sympathizing with the “simple worker.” As a result, in many departments of the country, Peruvians began to block roads, protesting against the new government.

Furthermore, from blocking roads, the demonstrators moved on to harsher actions, apparently guided by Lenin’s precepts, to occupy post offices, telegraphs, telephones, bridges and train stations. According to the Associated Press, the protesters began attacking police stations and government buildings, and even took over the runway of the international airport in Arequipa, the country’s second-largest city.

As a result, the tourism industry, which is one of the most important sources of income for Peru, was paralyzed. The main national landmark – the Indian city of Machu Picchu located in the mountains – refused to be cut off from the “mainland”, and many guests of the South American country could not continue their journey or even return home due to problems with transportation.

However, the chaos in Peru has had much more serious consequences than the disruption of tourism. Tension is growing in the country between the protesters and the authorities. During the clashes with the security forces, eight people have already died and 200 law enforcement officers have been injured. Now the new president will use not only the police, but also the army to restore order, but reaching the most remote corners of the country will not be easy.

Protests in Peru kill 8

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THE PERFECT STORM

Seeing all this orgy, Boluarte decided to “tighten” the screws and established a state of emergency and a month-long curfew throughout the country. It is true that he did it “Latin American style.”

According to the Infobae portal, according to the explanations of the authorities, said regime does not mean the cancellation of public events and holidays, since Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. True, it will not be possible to have fun in restaurants and discos in the evening due to the curfew, although even here the authorities made a reservation that everything will depend on the position of the local authorities.

The current situation once again hits Peru, which was already in a constant political crisis. Over the past 5 years, 5 presidents have changed in the country, and it is scary to remember the fate of the deceased heads of state. All recent leaders who have held office for at least more than a year have personally “meeted” with law enforcement agencies. Alan Garcia, who led the country from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011, shot himself when police approached him with a warrant for his arrest. Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), like Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), is under investigation for suspected financial fraud. Martín Vizcarra (2018-2020) was dismissed for corruption and his fate has not yet been determined.

So the origins of the current crisis go much deeper than the usual power struggle. It is possible that we are talking about the stability of Peru as a state that may well become another “hot spot” on the map.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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