The decree was adopted in order to set Jan. 26, 2020 as the date when new lawmakers will be elected.Full Story
Lawmakers filed a complaint over "usurpation of official functions" against Aráoz, as well as Olaechea, for accepting her oath, as well as lawmaker Milagros Salazar for appointing her.Full Story
Peru's president based his decision on the article 133 of the Constitution, which allowes him to choose a new cabinet after dissolving Congress.
"For us the fundamental thing is that at this moment, if we begin to emerge from this crisis of widespread corruption, that we remember it’s not the political class alone. There is a very strong link with the business sector.”
Protesters around congress shouted abuse at the 'fujimorista’ lawmakers, chanting “out with corrupt” and “take those rats out”. One right-wing lawmaker, Carlos Tubino, even had a traffic cone thrown at him.
Araoz's announcement comes after Peru's Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police top commanders reaffirmed on Monday night their allegiance to Vizcarra.
Support from top military brass came a few hours after lawmakers decided to replace Martin Vizcarra with his Vice-President.
Vice President Mercedes Araoz took office to become head of state, following the line of succession.
After Vizcarra's decision was announced, Congress approved the vote of confidence, leaving the country at a critical political standstill.
“President @MartinVizcarraC is announcing a coup d’etat,” said congressman Salvador Heresi. “He would go down in history as a dictator.”
On September 30th Parliament will elect six of the seven members of that body.