Peru. Police arrest president after Congress votes to remove him from power | world news

Peruvian police have arrested the country’s president, Pedro Castillo, after Congress voted to remove him from power.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Peru’s National Police said officers had “intervened”.

A photograph showed a man in a blue jacket sitting on a sofa – apparently Mr Castillo – but his eyes had been obscured.

The tweet describes him as “former President Pedro Castillo”.

Congress voted to impeach Mr Castillo and replace him with Vice President Dina Boluarte after he tried to dissolve the legislature, the AP news agency reported.

Ms Boluarte, a 60-year-old lawyer, has since been sworn in as interim president. She becomes Peru’s first female leader.

MPs voted 101 to 6, with 10 abstentions, to remove Mr Castillo from office for “permanent moral incapacity”.

Shortly before the poll, Mr Castillo said he was installing a new emergency government and called on the next group of representatives to draw up a new constitution.

In a televised address, he said he would rule by decree and ordered a nighttime curfew from Wednesday evening.

He also referred to changes in the leadership of the judiciary, the police and the Constitutional Court.

Politicians celebrate after voting to impeach Pedro Castillo

In response, the head of the Peruvian army resigned, along with four ministers, including those in charge of foreign affairs and the economy.

Mr. Castillo took his action as his opponents in Congress headed for a third attempt to impeach him.

The Office of the Ombudsman, an independent government institution, said before the congressional vote that Mr. Castillo should resign and report to judicial authorities.

Mr Castillo, a peasant-turned-president, denied the corruption allegations against him, saying they were based on “hearsay statements by people who, seeking to alleviate their own sentences for alleged crimes by abusing my trust, are trying to implicate me without proof”.

Federal prosecutors are investigating six cases against him, most of them for alleged corruption.


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