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In Peru, the lessons of Pedro Castillo’s failed coup

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From the first second, we felt the plan was bad. The president announced on TV, out of the blue, the dissolution of Congress and the installation of an emergency government. In other words, a coup d’etat. But his hands were shaking, the words came painfully out of his mouth and he had the haggard look of hunted game. Did Pedro Castillo believe in his chances? If so, he had forgotten to chiader his plan. In the minutes following the televised intervention, everyone, absolutely everyone, dropped the Peruvian president: army, Parliament, ministers, media, businessmen… Even his bodyguards! Having received the order to drive Pedro Castillo to the Mexican Embassy, ​​where he hoped to receive political asylum, they found themselves stuck in traffic jams in Lima before handing him over to the police. Grotesque end to the joke that started three hours earlier.

One might be tempted to retain only the absurd, tragicomic angle of the political situation in Peru. Recall grotesque statistics that would have inspired a García Márquez. In less than two years, the country has given itself five presidents; the profession of ex-head of state is high risk: one committed suicide rather than be placed in pre-trial detention, another is serving a prison sentence in a naval base in the suburbs of Lima, a third is free on bail in the United States, and still others are under house arrest or have spent time behind bars.

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