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Pedro Castillo Dissolves Congress, Announces ‘Exceptional Government’ in Peru

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Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the police in Lima on December 6, 2022.

Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the police in Lima on December 6, 2022.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo surprisingly announced the dissolution of parliament this Wednesday. This was hours before the debate that decided his dismissal following serious corruption accusations against him.

Speaking on national television, Castillo said he had decided to “hold elections for a new parliament with constitutional power to draft a new constitution as soon as possible within nine months.”

From that day onwards, until a new parliament is established, it will be governed by decrees, Castillo exclaimed in breaking the constitutional order.

“In response to the demands of citizens across the country, we have decided to establish an emergency government aimed at establishing the rule of law and democracy. Steps are being taken to dissolve and establish an exceptional state of emergency with the government,” the president said.

Castillo also issued a nationwide curfew today, starting Wednesday, December 7, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day. It also declares to reorganize the judicial system, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Affairs, the National Judicial Commission and the Constitutional Court.

He further said that anyone in possession of illegal weapons must turn it in to the national police within 72 hours.

“Anyone who fails to do so commits a crime punishable by imprisonment established by statute.” he pointed out.

“PNP with the help of the military. They will dedicate all their efforts to the effective fight against crime, corruption and drug trafficking, which will provide them with the necessary resources,” he concluded. .

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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