Dina Boluarte Zegarra protested as president of Peru after the plenary session of Congress dismissed this wednesday to Pedro Castillofor “permanent moral incapacity” with 101 of 130 votes in favor.
The decision is made after Castillo announced the dissolution of the Legislature and declared an emergency government, which was described as a coup by different voices, including the vice president.
“I swear by God, by the country and by all Peruvians that I will faithfully exercise the position of President of the Republic, which I assume in accordance with the Constitution, from now until July 26, 2026,” he said after receiving the presidential sash. from the hands of the president of Congress, José Williams Zapata.
“I will defend national sovereignty, the physical and moral integrity of the republic and the independence of democratic institutions. That I will comply with the Constitution and the laws of Peru, recognizing the freedom of worship and the moral formation of Peruvians”, said Boluarte with his hand on the Bible.
“This difficult situation puts all citizens to the test. Before being a politician, I am a Peruvian citizen and mother who is fully aware of the responsibility that history places on my shoulders, ”she later said, already in her first speech as president of Peru.
“There has been an attempted coup, an imprint promoted by Mr. Pedro Castillo, which has not found an echo in the institutions of democracy and the street. This Congress, in response to the constitutional mandate, has made a decision and it is my duty to act accordingly.
In her first intervention before Congress as president, Boluarte has made an appeal “for the unity of all Peruvians”, earning applause from the chamber. “It is up to us to talk, dialogue, agree, something so simple, as so impractical in recent months,” she lamented.
“I call for a broad process of dialogue between all the political forces represented or not in Congress,” said Boluarte, who has called for a “political truce to install a government of national unity” and “the support of the Prosecutor’s Office to enter into the structured ones corrupted by the mafias”
In this way, Dina Boluarte became the first female president of Peru.
Boluarte, 60, served as vice president in the Castillo government and until recently held the position of Minister of Development and Social Inclusion.
boluarte lcomes to power to complete the current term until 2026.
The lawyer by profession was being investigated by Congress for an alleged constitutional violationbut the Legislative acquitted her this week of all charges.
(Reuters, Europa Press and EFE)