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Peru’s president dissolves the country’s Congress, calls new elections and announces a state of emergency

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Chief Executive made a statement hours before a third impeachment attempt led by opposition parliamentarians; local newspapers called the act a ‘coup d’état’

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Pedro Castillo was elected to be president of Peru in 2021, defeating Keiko Fujimori in the second round

the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, made a statement to the nation this Wednesday, 7, and announced that he will dissolve the National Congress. As a result, the country will live under an exceptional regime and a new Constitution will be drafted within nine months. In a speech given to the Peruvian people, Castillo claims that his political opponents have come together to make it difficult, to fail his attempts to govern the country and take power without winning the elections. “This intolerable situation cannot continue. We took the decision to establish a government of exception, aimed at re-establishing the rule of law and democracy,” he said. Among the measures announced by the president are: a curfew starting immediately, from 10 pm local time until 4 am the next day; the temporary dissolution of National Congress🇧🇷 a reorganization – although he did not explain how this will happen – of the Judiciary, the Public Ministry, the National Board of Justice and the Constitutional Court; the establishment of an emergency government and the call for new legislative elections with constituent properties for the elaboration of a new Federal Constitution within nine months. Until the nine-month period is fulfilled and the new election defines the names of the new constituent parliamentarians, Castillo will govern via decree-law.

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Source: Jovempan

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