Peru: Pres. Castillo Detained, Impeached After Attempt To Dissolve Congress

    Photo: Difusión [via El Comercio]

    The Facts

    • Peru's National Police confirmed that the country's ousted Pres. Pedro Castillo was arrested on Wednesday after he announced the dissolution of Congress in a televised address to the nation hours before he was set to face his third impeachment vote.

    • Local media reported that Castillo was approached by police officers in downtown Lima as he was leaving government headquarters.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    The impeachment process against Castillo was a clear — and deceitful — attempt to break with the Peruvian democratic order, but Castillo's actions are also unacceptable. He was not a trustworthy leader, and now this has become clearer than ever.

    Right narrative

    Castillo had long indicated that he wanted to abolish checks and balances to his power and polarize society, so Peru shouldn't have expected anything other than corruption scandals, violence, instability, and disaster from his administration. Fortunately, parliamentary efforts brought this nightmare to an end today.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Peru's GDP per capita (PPP) will be $20.4K in 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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