Peru political crisis: As Peru plunges into a political crisis, the de-facto government headed by Dina Boluarte is doing its best to isolate itself from the international community.
On March 29, Peru’s de-facto government, headed by Dina Boluarte, declared the official recall of their ambassador from Colombia after Colombian President Gustavo Petro voiced his support for the ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo.
The Peruvian Foreign Ministry released a statement explaining the decision was due to “the recurrent interventionist and provocative remarks” from President Petro, claiming he was “distorting the truth” by disregarding what occurred on December 7, 2022.
In the past months, the Boluarte government has announced the definitive withdrawal of the Peruvian ambassadors from Honduras, Mexico, and Bolivia, after the leaders of those countries voiced support for ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and criticized the Boluarte government for its actions.
The Boluarte government’s move to cut diplomatic ties has been widely condemned by social and progressive political leaders. Critics have argued that the decision to isolate itself from the international community is only going to further exacerbate the political crisis in Peru. By withdrawing its ambassadors, Peru is weakening its ties with its regional partners and making enemies everywhere, making it more difficult to find a solution to the Peru political crisis.
The Boluarte government has also been criticized for its use of brutal repression against the tens of thousands of Peruvians who have been in the streets for the past three and a half months demanding her resignation, the closure of the right-wing dominated Congress, advanced general elections by the end of the year, and a referendum on a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution.
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The Boluarte government’s heavy-handed tactics and refusal to engage in dialogue with its opponents is only deepening the political divide in Peru and further alienating the country from the international community. It is clear that Peru needs to re-establish diplomatic ties with its neighbors and engage in meaningful dialogue with its opponents in order to find a peaceful resolution to the Peru political crisis.
This will further widen the problems for the next government which would then have to take steps to normalise relations with the countries again. It is seen as an effort to isolate Peru in a region that is increasingly becoming more unified and progressive, as well as a sign of the government’s desperation to silence any criticism of its undemocratic and repressive actions.
The Boluarte government’s move to isolate itself has only emboldened the growing social movement demanding her resignation, leading to an even greater wave of protests and civil unrest in Peru.
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