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Who is the boss in Peru? Parliament suspends president

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced the dissolution of the opposition-dominated parliament and early elections in a television speech on Monday. The parliamentary and presidential elections would typically take place on April 2021. A few hours later, however, the parliament suspended the president for a year.

“No agreement is possible with the opposition,” the president justified his decision. He thereby referred to the appointment of a judge to the Constitutional Court, a case that is currently causing a heated debate in parliament. According to 56-year-old Vizcarra, who succeeded Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in 2018, the decision falls under his constitutional powers.

The opposition, however, accuses him of exceeding his powers. A few hours later, the ‘dissolved’ parliament sent President Vizcarra home: he was suspended for one year. Constitutional experts do not agree among themselves who is currently in power in the country.

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The power struggle threatens to cause unrest in the country that has been confronted with considerable political volatility in recent years. The Peruvian court is currently conducting a major corruption scandal investigation into four former presidents of Peru. These are Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018) and Alan Garcia (1985-1990 and 2006-2011), who committed suicide in April when the police in him to pick up his home.

Armed forces support the president

The Peruvian newspaper El Comercio has published a press release from the national police and the various armed forces in the night from Monday to Tuesday, in which they declare themselves loyal to President Martín Vizcarra.

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