OAS countries call for democratic process in Peru after attempted coup

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, rejected the actions taken, Pedro Castillo, who was dismissed this Wednesday, December 7 after trying to dissolve the Congress of that country. The Permanent Council of the organization recognized Dina Boularte as the new president

Countries of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) rejected the decisions of Pedro Castilloto close Parliament and call an “emergency national government”, which subsequently led to his dismissal and arrest.

The position was established in the afternoon of this Wednesday, December 7, during a session extraordinary held almost parallel to the declaration of dismissal by Congress towards Castillo and the subsequent swearing in as provisional president of Dina Boluarte, whom the council recognized.

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The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, rejected the actions taken by the ousted president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, and called for dialogue in the country.

“What happened today in Peru, when Castillo dissolved Congress without a constitutional basis, constitutes an alteration of the constitutional order,” he said.

The Colombian Foreign Ministry invoked democracy to express its rejection, condemning “every attack against democracy, wherever it comes from.” In addition, he recalled that this “requires the recognition of the popular will expressed both in the elections for president and for Congress.”

The representation of Chile “deeply” regretted the political crisis and called for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

For his part, the Bolivian ambassador to the OAS, Héctor Arce Zaconeta, said that “although any attack on a popular government is rejectable and condemnable, any attempt to break the constitutional order is also rejectable and unacceptable.”

According to the ambassador, what happened leaves two issues to analyze, one of which is that there was a “constant conspiracy” and “rejection of a government of popular extraction.”

From the Government of the United States, the spokesman for the Department of State, Ned Price, asked to defend democracy and indicated that he “will closely follow the events” that are occurring in the country and that his country “will act in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Peruvian people.

He also recalled that all the signatories of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, signed precisely in Lima in 2001, are committed to “democratic values, human rights and the rule of law.”

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