of Peru first female president is trying to consolidate her power, saying she hopes to complete the term of her ousted predecessor and quell years of political turmoil that have ravaged the Andean nation.
However, when Dina Boluarte appeared in a military ceremony on national television on Friday in her first official event as head of state, some politicians called for an election. early in a sign that the animosity continued.
Boluarte, who was elevated from vice president to replace Pedro Castillo on Wednesday, said she should be allowed to hold office for the remaining three and a half years of his term.
After taking the oath of office, Boluarte called for a truce with the legislators who dismissed Castillo for “permanent moral incompetence,” a provision of the constitution that experts say is too vague to allow. oust the president for almost any reason.
“I know that there are voices calling for early elections. It is democracy,” Boluarte said, however, adding that stability is needed in a deeply polarized country that already has six presidents in the last six years.
“If society and if the situation allows elections, then in conversation with the democratic and political forces in Congress, we will sit down and talk,” she told reporters. .
Analysts have predicted a difficult road ahead for the new president, a 60-year-old lawyer and political rookie.
A poll conducted by the Peruvian Research Institute in November showed that most Peruvians want a ballot before 2026. Among those surveyed, 86% said they want presidential and national elections. early if Castillo is removed.
Former President Ollanta Humala, who ruled from 2011 to 2016, noted that the new leader was not involved in politics or government before becoming vice president last year and has no base in Congress.
“She has no tools to govern,” Humala told N. He predicted that any truce with Congress “will last a month or perhaps more, but then problems The big issue of the country will come to you.”
Boluarte appealed to Peruvians to “calm down” as Castillo supporters held small rallies in Lima and other parts of the country.
Local television showed hundreds of farmers blocking a stretch of Peru’s main coastal highway to demand early elections. And in Lima, hundreds of protesters trying to reach the Parliament building clashed with police, who used sticks and tear gas to push them back.
Juana Ponce, one of the protesters, said: “The only thing left is people. “We have no government. We have nothing. It is a national shame. All these corrupt congressmen have sold out. They betrayed our president, Pedro Castillo.”