Analysis Paper - Peru: Two-way coup d’état?
9 February 2023
Thus the name of this trade unionist and rural teacher came out of nowhere in the middle of the pandemic, almost without appearing in the media or in the polls and growing stealthily in provinces far from the capital, with a radical and populist discourse: "As a government, we will immediately cut the salaries of ministers and congressmen by half. [...] The profile of the Peruvian who supports the radical change promised by Castillo is that of the highlands, of the provinces that have felt the government’s neglect for many years, a protesting voter, who demands more or less immediate satisfaction from the state and who expresses their discomfort at the impossibility of resolving historical problems. [...] The role that teachers assume as educators is first of all to live with the population and to be the managers of all the activities that they want to develop in the community, being the ones who guarantee all the management of the authorities of a given community. [...] Without the constitutional capacity to do so, shortly before a third impeachment attempt began, he announced the dissolution of congress, the installation of a government of exception, a curfew and the reorganisation of the judiciary, in what many, including the country’s own constitutional court, described as an attempted coup d’état22: "We took the decision to establish a government of emergency. [...] The law regulates the mechanism of the question of confidence and establishes that the executive can use this mechanism for “matters directly related to the implementation of its general government policy”, and therefore prohibits it in cases related to the approval of constitutional reforms or other issues that affect the exclusive and exclusive competences of parliament.
coup d’état, crisis, instability, elections, riots, protests, peru