Peruvian President Pedro Castillo Is Ousted & Arrested in Latest Episode of Peru’s “Enduring Crisis”



Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was ousted from power Wednesday and arrested hours after he moved to dissolve the country’s Congress, with Vice President Dina Boluarte sworn in to replace him. Castillo is a left-leaning former teacher and union leader who was in office for less than a year and a half, during which time he faced sustained attacks from his political opponents for corruption. His announcement Wednesday that he would dissolve Congress came as lawmakers were preparing for a third time to impeach him. Peruvian scholar Javier Puente, associate professor and chair of Latin American and Latino studies at Smith College, says this week’s dramatic events are just the latest in an “enduring crisis” in Peru that started with dictator Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s. “This is yet another manifestation of the lack of institutional stability that the country has experienced for at least three decades as a result of the legacy of Fujimorismo,” says Puente.

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20 Comments

  1. Hmmm… It is interesting to note that as soon as someone representing the people is elected president in south america; there suddenly emerges accusations that he has been involved in illegal activities… This also happened to former prsidents of Brazil and Bolivia…

  2. I just did a project on Peru ( Dec. 1st ) and I am applying to Smith!!! My Professor informed me in a later date class about this. Gloria

  3. USA's quick support is suspicious …track the special interest groups mining rights and land rights

  4. The fact is that whole people want the parliament tu be shut down because it cares the interests of richest and not of the poorest!

  5. in any country that's converted from there original TREDITION and religion to catholics or Christian religion will all ways be in corruption no matter what government we have,and foreign governments with foreign non-profit (NGO) will brake up and steel billions

  6. Where is the Corrupt State Department run by Secretary of State Blinken? Why are they saying nothing about the overthrow of a Democratic Elected president in Perú?

  7. Castillo was a corrupt president from the get go, he deployed a criminal network focused on graft. Millions of dollars swindled. The attorney general in Peru, presented the case to Congress.
    Castillo was not a campesino! He was a former labor leader responsible for kids losing 3 months of education in 2017.
    Besides for progressives, he was a hard core social conservative. At the end, he staged a coup d’etat and Peruvian institutions reacted to protect our democracy
    Shame on any defender of a corrupt antidemocratic politician.
    Shame for looking for the point of view of a biased Peruvian commentator, we had never have a civil war in Peru, the Shining Path was a maoist terrorist insurgency.

  8. A president who wants to shut down congres and start a dictatorship should be remove from office.

  9. THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT PUT PEDRO CASTILLO OUR PRESIDENT EXTREME OBSTACLES SO HE DOES NOT CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE PERUVIAN CITIZEN DEMOCRATICLY AND THE FAKE NEWS PAY BY THE CORRUPT GOVERMENT ACCUSED HIM OF EVERYTHING DAY AND NIGHT SLANDERING PEDRO CASTILLO AND HIS FAMILY OF CORRUPT ACTS WITHOUT HAVING A SOLID BASIS OR EVIDENCE, FINALLY PERUVIANS DEMAND PEDRO CASTILLO TO CLOSE THE CONGRESS AND CREATE A NEW CONSTITUCION . THEY GOT TIRED  , THEIR RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED !!!  THEY WERE OPPRESSED BY CORRUPTION AND ABUSE !!
    THEY HAVE NOTHING LEFT!!!!

  10. Castillo as President was an incompetent leader. He is a Maduro wannabe . About time Castillo was removed from power. While he was President of Peru , the economy was destroyed and crime in Peru increased enormously . Just like it’s happening in countries who have Woke Presidents. All this protesting to bring Castillo back to power is being supported by Maduro, Cuba: China and Russia. Socialism and the extreme left ideology is taking over South , Central American and Mexico . People don’t forget how Maduro bankrupted Venezuela. While Maduro is getting rich and owning luxury cars ; mansions in the Dominican Republic and other places : the people of Venezuela have no medicine ; no food to eat: electricity and clean water are a luxury to the poor people. If Castillo comes back to power : I would have to tell later to the Peruvian people : I TOLD YOU SO !!!!!! 😁😁

  11. It may not matter what happens in the Palacio de Gobierno at all because the citizens do not obey the laws that will bring order and research for that society.
    That society must first recognize to obey the laws that make societies civilized or anything that happens in Palacio de Gobierno won't make a difference-given that democracy stays in place.

  12. Truth is Ex CIA agent and US ambassador to Peru, Lisa Kenna, met with the country’s defense minister just one day before democratically elected left-wing President Pedro Castillo was overthrown in a coup d’etat and imprisoned without trial.

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