Weekly Report - 10 November 2022 (WR-22-45)

PERU: Castillo turns to brinkmanship as troubles mount

Having suffered a string of setbacks over the past week, including a damaging defeat in the supreme court, large anti-government protests, and the expansion of a corruption investigation, President Pedro Castillo turned to a drastic measure in an effort to regain the initiative. On 8 November Prime Minister Aníbal Torres wrote to the president of congress, José Williams Zapata, requesting that he immediately table a confidence vote in the government. The request was denied, eliminating one of the last tricks up Castillo’s sleeve. Whilst losing a confidence vote would have forced him to replace his entire ministerial team, as outlined in Peru’s constitution, he would then have had a new weapon to wield against congress – the ability to call general elections in the event of losing a second confidence vote.

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