Peru’s new leader proposes early election amid protests

Peru’s new president, Dina Boluarte, is proposing bringing general elections forward by two years to April 2024 amid continuing political tension.

She also declared a state of emergency in areas where protests have erupted.

Protesters are demanding fresh elections after Ms Boluarte’s predecessor, Pedro Castillo, was impeached following his attempt to dissolve Congress.

Mr Castillo called Ms Boluarte’s plans to move the elections a “dirty game”.

In a handwritten letter that he tweeted on Monday, he called Ms Boluarte a “usurper”, and said he had been “kidnapped” and humiliated.

In a televised address to the nation early on Monday local time, Ms Boluarte said she would submit a bill to Congress to hold elections in April 2024 instead of April 2026.

The move represents an about-turn. Ms Boluarte, who was sworn in as president on Wednesday, said on taking office that she would serve out the remainder of Mr Castillo’s five-year term in office in full.

But protests, some of which turned…

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