Peruvian president impeached and arrested
President Pedro Castillo was removed from power Wednesday after just 17 months in office. Members of Congress voted during an emergency meeting to impeach Castillo after he announced plans to dissolve the governing body and install an emergency government. Shortly after his impeachment, authorities placed Castillo under arrest on charges of rebellion. Former Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn into office. She is the nation’s first female head of state and the sixth president in as many years.
What contributed to Castillo’s short tenure as leader? Chaos embroiled his time in office as turnover among ministers was high and opposition leaders attempted to impeach him twice before Wednesday’s vote. He won a runoff election in June 2021 by just 44,000 votes but struggled to unite the country’s lawmakers.
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