OAS to meet after Peru’s embattled president alleges ‘coup’ | Politics News
The Organization of American States said it would ‘review’ the situation in Peru at the request of President Pedro Castillo.
The Organization of American States (OAS) will meet in Washington, DC, to “review” the political situation in Peru, a week after the country’s president accused officials investigated him for a “coup”.
Pedro Castillo announced late Wednesday that he had sought the help of a regional agency to promote a national dialogue aimed at preventing “serious alteration of the democratic order in Peru”.
Addressing the nation live on television, the left-wing president said he had asked the 35-member OAS to invoke its “democracy charter,” which sets out the agency’s mission to “promote promote and strengthen representative democracy”.
In a statement, the OAS said that a “special meeting” on Peru will be held in the US capital at 18:30 GMT on Thursday, and will include a presentation by foreign secretary Cesar Landa, the third person. next year keep post since Castillo took over Last July.
Castillo’s request is specifically based on Article 17 of the regional organization’s charter, which allows a member state to request assistance “to strengthen and preserve its democratic system” if it is concerned. it is at risk.
The Peruvian government told OAS in a letter last week that it wanted to “preserve democracy and the legitimate exercise of power”.
Castillo’s appeal follows the Peruvian attorney general’s decision to file a constitutional complaint against him.
President, who won a The 2021 election is full of tough timesFacing the Unprecedented six investigations by the prosecutor’s office, including peddling to influence, obstruct justice and direct a criminal organization.
The attorney general has said that investigators have found “very serious indications of a criminal organization that has deep roots in the government”.
Castillo has denied any wrongdoing, instead telling reporters last week that the attempt was a “coup” attempt orchestrated by both the attorney general and Parliament is controlled by the opposition.
The attorney general’s action, the first against a sitting president, must be examined by congress and could result in Castillo being suspended from office. Fewer votes were required for the suspension than for a impeachment.
Political instability is not rare in Peru, the country has three different presidents for five days in 2020, and five presidents and three legislatures since 2016.
Castillo, a former rural schoolteacher whose victory stripped Peru’s traditional political elite from power, was survived two impeachment attempts since he took office last year.
In recent months, police have raided the presidential palace in the capital, Lima, where Castillo resides, as well as his home in rural Peru, looking for evidence to support corruption allegations.
On Wednesday, Castillo accused “the monetary sector, traditional politicians who have always thrived on corruption” of being behind a “coup” plot against him.
“I am not corrupt,” he wrote on Twitter.