Disputes Over Elections Anger Protesters in Peru

Peru protests: Roads and airport blocked in anger at new president

Supporters of leftist former President Pedro Castillo took to the streets in anger at his impeachment and arrest. Dina Boluarte, his successor and former deputy, proposed bringing general elections forward by two years to April 2024 in response to the protests. But Mr Castillo called Ms Boluarte’s plans a “dirty game”.

In a televised address to the nation earlier in the day, Ms Boluarte – the first woman to lead Peru – said she would submit a bill to Congress to hold elections in April 2024, instead of April 2026.

Ms Boluarte said she would also propose constitutional reforms to achieve “a more efficient, transparent and participatory system of government”, but did not go into detail about those reforms.

Marita Moloney BBC News

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