On Dec 7, amid a political uproar, Dina Boluarte was elected as Peru’s first female president in Lima. Her predecessor and former boss Pedro Castillo had just been removed from office in an impeachment hearing and was being held by the police for attempting to forcibly shut down Congress.
The daunting task of unifying a divided Peru, where the government has been at odds with Congress for more than a year, falls to Boluarte, who began the day as vice president and is next in line to succeed Castillo.
In her first speech, after being sworn in as the nation’s sixth president in only five years, she remarked, “I request a political truce to establish a government of national unity.” She promised to create a large Cabinet made up of “all bloods.” Boluarte said, “I ask for time, valuable time to save the country from corruption and misrule.”
Dina Boluarte campaigned for office in 2021 on Mr. Castillo’s ticket and afterward worked for him as his vice president and minister of development and social inclusion. She stated she was running for office to help “the nobodies” when she was sworn in last year.
She did, however, continue in her role as vice president but left the ministry once the president established his final cabinet last month.
She swiftly condemned the call of the former president to dissolve Congress on Wednesday. The sixty year old tweeted, “I reject the decision of Pedro Castillo to perpetrate the breakdown of the constitutional order with the closure of Congress. It is a coup that aggravates the political and institutional crisis that Peruvian society will have to overcome with strict adherence to the law.”
The Presidents of Argentina and Spain showed their support to the Peruvian government led by Boluarte.
On Friday, Boluarte took part in the celebration of Peruvian Army Day and the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Ayacucho at the Army Headquarters, along with other officials.
Noam Lupu, associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University, said in an interview that the change of government in Peru was a good step but advised against overindulging in joy. He cited data indicating that Peruvians have a high tolerance for coups, are very disillusioned with democracy, and think that most politicians are corrupt.