Peruvian Defense Minister Alberto Otárola said today that the Council of Ministers has decided to declare a nationwide state of emergency for 30 days.
“With this measure, we are trying to ensure order, the continuity of economic activity and the protection of millions of families,” the Defense Minister said.
Otárola said the dialogue between ministers and the public “continues to listen to the demands and needs of all regions and we are working hard to keep the peace”. The head of defense also noted that the Armed Forces support the work of the local police.
The crisis in the country worsened last Wednesday (7), when then-president Pedro Castillo made a statement in which he said he would form an “extraordinary government of emergency” to call for new elections and then change the Peruvian Constitution.
The announcement came hours before Castillo faced a third impeachment attempt by opposition lawmakers in 16 months. This time, Congress voted to impeach him for “moral incompetence.” Hours later, Dina Boluarte, then Castillo’s deputy, took over the Presidency.
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