Pedro Castillo, president of Peru, during an event in Lima, on October 5. ERNESTO BENAVIDES (AFP)
Pedro Castillo, president of Peru, has announced the dissolution of Congress this Wednesday.
The president has also decreed an emergency government, the restructuring of the judiciary and a night curfew.
Castillo has also announced the call for elections in the legislature 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.
Its leader, Vladimir Cerrón, has said that his party "will not support the coup."
The Peruvian ambassador to the OAS resigns after Castillo's announcement
The representative of Peru to the Organization of American States (OAS), Harold Forsyth, resigned this Wednesday due to the decision of the president of his country, Pedro Castillo, to dissolve Congress and convene a national emergency government.
"I cannot, for moral and professional reasons, have any connection with a regime that works based on decrees," the ambassador said at a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council in Washington.
Forsyth's resignation follows the resignations of Peru's Ministers of Economy, Foreign Relations, Justice and Labor.
In statements to EFE, Forsyth assured that Castillo is now leading a "dictatorship" and that he decided to resign so as not to endorse a "rupture of the constitutional order."
"It is a government that is constituted outside the law, the Constitution and in open violation of the rule of law," said the one who has been ambassador to the inter-American organization until today.
Political crisis in Peru
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In this live we will tell you the latest news about the controversial decision of Pedro Castillo, president of Peru, to dissolve Congress.
The president of Peru Libre, the party that supported the president, describes the decision as a "coup in progress."
This Tuesday, one day before the dissolution of Congress was announced, Walter Córdova Alemán resigned from his position as Commander General of the Army for "strictly personal reasons."
He did not provide further details, but the decision would free Castillo to appoint a new commander.
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