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Lawmakers attempt to remove the Peruvian president

PRESSURE on unelected Peruvian President Dina Boluarte continued to mount on Monday, with legislators submitting a request to parliament to remove her from office.

The accusation of “permanent moral incapacity” was made three days after police broke down the front door of Ms Boluarte’s residence to search for luxury watches as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The request was submitted by members of various parties including Free Peru, to which Ms Boluarte once belonged. 

She can be forced out if 87 of the 130 MPs vote for her removal.

At present, five parties with a combined 54 votes have expressed support for the president following the raid.

Ms Boluarte is being investigated for allegedly acquiring an undisclosed collection of luxury watches since becoming vice-president and social inclusion minister in July 2021 and after her appointment as president in December 2022. She denies the accusations.

In their request, the MPs cite the investigation against Ms Boluarte as well as nationwide problems such as rising crime.

On Friday night, armed police officers used a battering ram to break down the front door of Ms Boluarte’s house in search of Rolex watches. 

The probe began in mid-March after a television programme spotlighted Ms Boluarte wearing a Rolex watch worth up to  £11,000. 

Other TV shows later mentioned at least two more Rolexes.

Ms Boluarte did not list the three watches to an obligatory asset declaration form.

On Monday, she lost three cabinet members when the ministers of interior, education and women resigned.

Ms Boluarte came to power in December 2022. Parliament appointed her as sitting vice-president to replace elected socialist President Pedro Castillo, whom it had just removed.

Mr Castillo is still in prison while under investigation for alleged corruption and rebellion. Scores of democracy protesters have been shot dead demonstrating for his reinstatement as Peru’s elected leader.


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