New Peru president appears with military to cement power

Dec 8, 2022, 7:04 AM | Updated: Dec 9, 2022, 2:49 pm
A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congres...

A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

              A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A person walks through the Virgin of Lourdes Cemetery in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte attends a ceremony marking Army Day in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
            
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte attends a ceremony marking Army Day in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
            
              A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A person walks through the Virgin of Lourdes Cemetery in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte attends a ceremony marking Army Day in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
            
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte attends a ceremony marking Army Day in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
            
              A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A person walks through the Virgin of Lourdes Cemetery in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A youth plays in front of the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A person walks through the Virgin of Lourdes Cemetery in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              Tourists take selfies in downtown Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Peru's stunning political crisis moved forward Thursday, as former President Pedro Castillo appeared in court following a failed attempt to close a hostile congress and his successor looked for ways to unite the country behind institutions already hollowed out by endemic corruption and mistrust. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              A woman carries a poster of The Virgin Mary in downtown Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's political crisis moved forward Thursday, as former President Pedro Castillo appeared in court following a failed attempt to close congress and his successor looked for ways to unite the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              Supporters of ousted President Pedro Castillo clash with police during a protest in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            Police detain a protester in support of ousted President Pedro Castillo, during clashes with police in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Supporters of ousted President Pedro Castillo clash with police during a protest in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) 
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte arrives to make a statement at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
            
              Peru's new President Dina Boluarte walks to her car after speaking to the press as she leaves her home in Lima, Peru, early Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
            A supporter of ousted President Pedro Castillo marches at the Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Supporters of ousted President Pedro Castillo march at the Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) A supporter of outsed President Pedro Castillo holds a poster with a message that reads in Spanish: "The battle has begun, freedom for Castillo", in front of the Justice Palace, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Peru's new President Dina Boluarte makes a statement to the press at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) The press covers a statement by Peru's new President Dina Boluarte at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Peru's new President Dina Boluarte waves after making a statement at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, Boluarte, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Peru's new President Dina Boluarte waves to the press as she leaves her home in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Peru's Congress voted to remove President Pedro Castillo from office Wednesday and replace him with the vice president, shortly after Castillo tried to dissolve the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote to remove him. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s first female president appeared in a military ceremony on national television on Friday in her first official event as head of state, an attempt to cement her hold on power and buck the national trend of early presidential departures.

In an indication of continued political rancor, some politicians already were calling for early elections, and more protests were planned.

Dina Boluarte was elevated from vice president to replace ousted leftist Pedro Castillo as the country’s leader Wednesday. She has said she should be allowed to hold the office for the remaining 3 1/2 years of his term.

Boularte addressed members of the armed forces during a ceremony marking a historic battle. Boularte, flanked by the leaders of the judiciary and Congress, sat among lawmakers who had tried to remove Castillo from office.

“Our nation is strong and secure thanks to the armed forces, the navy, the air force, and the army of Peru,” Boularte said before hundreds of members of the armed forces in Peru’s capital. “They give us the guarantee that we live in order, respecting the constitution, the rule of law, the balance of powers.”

After being sworn in as president Wednesday, Boluarte called for a truce with legislators who dismissed Castillo for “permanent moral incapacity,” a clause of the constitution that experts say is so vague that it allows the removal of a president for almost any reason. It was also used to oust President Martín Vizcarra, who governed from 2018-2020.

Peru has had six presidents in the last six years. Boluarte is a 60-year-old lawyer and political neophyte.

She quickly began to show herself in public working as Peru’s new head of state. She met with groups of conservative and liberal lawmakers at the presidential palace. Before that, she danced an Andean dance after watching a Roman Catholic procession of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

Analysts predicted a tough road for the new president.

A Boluarte government “is going to be very complicated, if not impossible,” said Jorge Aragón, a political science professor at Peru’s Pontifical Catholic University.

Former President Ollanta Humala, who governed from 2011-2016, noted that the new leader was not involved in politics or government before becoming vice president.

“She does not have the tools to govern,” Humala told N. television. He predicted that any truce with Congress “will last a month or perhaps more, but then the great problems of the country come upon her.”

The governor of the Cusco region, Jean Paul Benavente, demanded that the new president call an early vote, saying that would offer a “solution to the political crisis of the country.”

In the streets, small demonstrations by Castillo supporters continued in the capital and others parts of Peru, including Tacabamba, the district capital closest to Castillo’s rural home. Protesters demanded that the ousted leader walk free, rejected Boluarte as president and called for Congress to be closed.

In Lima, protesters trying to reach the Congress building have clashed with police, who used sticks and tear gas to push them back, and more protests were planned for Friday.

“The only thing left is the people. We have no authorities, we have nothing,” said Juana Ponce, one of the protesters this week. “It is a national shame. All these corrupt congressmen have sold out. They have betrayed our president, Pedro Castillo.”

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New Peru president appears with military to cement power