OAS Mission will visit Peru to analyze the political situation

LIMA (HPD) — A mission from the Organization of American States will visit Peru from November 20 to analyze its unstable political situation, local authorities said Thursday.

Peruvian Foreign Minister César Landa told RPP radio that the group made up of five foreign ministers will work for the next two days and will leave the country on Wednesday, November 23.

The mission is made up of the foreign ministers of Argentina, Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala and Paraguay. It is also made up of the deputy foreign ministers of Colombia and Costa Rica and by Eladio Loizaga, former foreign minister of Paraguay and representative of the OAS General Secretariat.

After talking with all the powers of the Peruvian State, autonomous organizations and key members of civil society, the high-level group will prepare a report that will be delivered to the OAS Permanent Council.

On October 12, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo asked the OAS to apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter to “preserve the legitimate exercise of power” in the South American country.

Castillo has survived two impeachment attempts by the opposition in Congress and Attorney General Patricia Benavides has constitutionally denounced them before Parliament in order to investigate and charge him with alleged crimes of corruption.

At the same time, the attorney general conducts five preliminary investigations into Castillo for the alleged crimes of criminal organization and corruption, as well as another additional investigation into the president for alleged plagiarism of his master’s thesis in educational psychology in 2012.

The government has responded by denouncing the attorney general before Congress for alleged violation of the constitution, abuse of authority and prevarication. According to the government, the complaint against Castillo is “purely political” and is part of “a systematic plan to destabilize the government.”

In Peru, a president cannot be accused during his government because the constitution establishes that this only happens in case of treason against the country, dissolution of Parliament for cases other than those allowed, not calling elections or preventing the functioning of Congress or electoral bodies.

Castillo said in a conference with the international press, one day before resorting to the OAS, that the attorney general’s decision seeks to execute “a new form of coup d’état” to remove him from power, which he came to through free and democratic elections in 2021.

The prosecution later indicated that it has “more than 190 elements” that support the complaint against the president. The fiscal hypothesis affirms that Castillo leads a criminal organization and would have committed acts of corruption.

Castillo’s government began in 2021 and is scheduled to end on July 28, 2026.

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