Pedro Castillo, at a press conference at the presidential palace in Lima, last October. Martin Mejia (AP)
On the day that his vacancy motion was to be voted for the third time, the President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, announced "the dissolution of the Congress of the Republic" through a message to the Nation.
The president has decreed an "exception government", the restructuring of the judiciary and a night curfew.
Castillo, who seized power in July 2021, also announced the upcoming call for elections to Congress to approve a new Constitution.
The measure has provoked the rejection of the different political forces, including the party that brought him to power, Peru Libre, for going against democracy.
Vladimir Cerrón, president of the formation, has said: "Peru Libre will not support a coup d'état in progress, we are against hyper-parliamentarism, the press is not reliable in the country, no testimony is corroborated, but neither do we put our hands to fire for the President Castillo.
We will not support the vacancy."
Castillo has assured in his message that new congressional elections will be held and Peru will be governed by a new Magna Carta.
“We will convene in the shortest possible time elections for a new Congress with constituent powers to prepare a new Constitution within a period of no more than nine months.
As of that date and until the new Congress is established, it will be governed by decree law, ”he added.
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