What to know about Peru’s ‘attempted coup’ and first female president

Former Peruvian vice president Dina Boluarte takes the oath of office as president of Peru next to congress President José Williams in Lima on Wednesday. (Guadalupe Pardo/AP)

Even for Peru, a country that has been through five presidents in little more than two years, the past 24 hours were tumultuous.

President Pedro Castillo, facing possible impeachment Wednesday on corruption charges, tried to dissolve congress to rule by decree. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to remove him from office, and he was soon arrested. Dina Boluarte, Castillo’s vice president, was sworn in as his successor, becoming the 200-year-old nation’s first female president.

In her first remarks as president, Boluarte denounced what she said was an “attempted coup … that has not found an echo in the institutions, nor in the street.” She called for a “political truce” among factions and asked for space and time to “rescue the country.” Her term is due to last until 2026, but there are no guarantees in a country that has averaged a president a year for the past seven years.

Here’s what to know.

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