Former Peru President Castillo impeached and arrested over failed coup attempt


AJ Colores

Violence erupts in Peru following former President Castillo’s impeachment.

Joseph Pollard, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, December 7th, former Peru President Pedro Castillo combatted an incoming impeachment vote by announcing to dissolve the Congress and install an emergency government. Following his announcements, government officials resigned en masse and the national military stated that they would not support him. The situation was resolved by the end of the day with his arrest and successful impeachment under charges of corruption and human rights violations.

Former President Castillo was the first leftist to be elected to the Peruvian presidency in decades, fostering an agenda focused on addressing the country’s inequality and rural poverty rates. Despite this, he and some of his governmental allies were the subject of political scandals and investigations regarding issues in the country.

After the incident, Castillo’s vice president Dina Boluarte was sworn in to take his place, becoming the first woman to assume the presidency. She immediately focused on non-partisan Cabinet unity and dismantling corruption. On December 11th, she swore in the new Cabinet, requiring members to pledge to undergo their obligations “loyally and faithfully without committing acts of corruption.”

Boluarte stated she should be able to carry out her term until the elections in 2026. However, according to a recent poll, the majority of Peruvian citizens would rather have immediate general elections in lieu of Castillo’s Vice President carrying out the remainder of his term.

While many citizens cheered over Castillo’s defeat and the new President, others — primarily rural citizens — passionately expressed their disapproval. They demanded immediate elections and further relayed Castillo’s desire to dissolve the Congress. Demonstrators blocked city roads and an international airport in Arequipa. Some of the political rebellions became violent, with reports stating at least seven deceased individuals. Other groups have called for an “indefinite strike” starting on December 12th, which would potentially affect industries such as mining.

Political affairs continue to be a major concern for Peruvians. The attempted insurrection raises concerns about the nation’s future stability as the country determines how it’ll move forward from Castillo’s absence.