As reported by (Bloomberg) As graft probes close in on embattled President Pedro Castillo, Peru’s political crisis worsens, with the prime minister calling for people to defend the government in the street and lawmakers exchanging shoves in congress.
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Castillo met with allied social leaders at the presidential palace late Wednesday night, after his sister-in-law turned herself in to authorities for alleged influence peddling. They called for the closing of congress and for supporters to come to the capital Lima to protest recent developments.
Castillo claims that conservative legislators, the country’s prosecutor, and some members of the media are conspiring to overthrow him.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Anibal Torres said, “The people have no other choice if they are going to continue with their attitude of vacancy, suspension, political trials, and if they are going to keep willing to carry out a coup against President Castillo.” “The people are awake; these are people who know how to fight for what they believe in. “With their own lives if they have to.”
Castillo’s approval rating rose to 24% in August from 19% in June despite the fact that he has had to deal with daily crises stemming from graft probes and attempts to pass impeachment motions against him by lawmakers. The situation has escalated for the 52-year-old leader since the arrest of his sister-in-law Yenifer Paredes, who was raised similarly to his older daughter.
Congress’ new leader, Lady Camones, condemned “incitements to violence” by Castillo and Torres on Thursday. She urged that the Prosecutor General’s office be given the freedom it needs to investigate without interference.
New Finance Minister Kurt Burneo met with major business leaders on Thursday to discuss ways to increase investment in the country. He also expressed a desire to do his part in helping to reduce political tension. Even though Peru’s politics have always been chaotic, the current crisis is making it more difficult for the country’s economy to recover from the pandemic.
Congress was adjourned after several lawmakers shoved and insulted one another. Union members began to rally outside the White House to show support for the president.
They accuse me of treason, but they don’t see that they’re the ones betraying the fatherland, Castillo tweeted Thursday. “They do a lot of high-profile shows to try to show that my family is involved in corruption, but more than a year later, there is no evidence, only alleged acts,” he said.
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