Mexico considers asylum for Peru's impeached president

Mexico considers asylum for Peru
# 09 December 2022 02:30 (UTC +04:00)

Mexico says it is considering granting asylum to Peru's former President Pedro Castillo, who was impeached and then accused of rebellion in a dramatic turn of events on Wednesday, APA reports citing local media.

Mr Castillo, 53, is now in custody in Lima. His asylum request has been sent to Mexico's president via a lawyer.

The two countries are now discussing the issue, says Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Mr Castillo was removed from office after he tried to dissolve Congress.

Facing an impeachment vote, Mr Castillo announced he was dissolving the opposition-controlled legislative body.

But Congress defied him, voted overwhelmingly to remove him from office, and his bodyguards stopped him from seeking refuge at the Mexican embassy in the capital Lima.

Just hours later, Congress swore in his vice-president, 60-year-old Dina Boluarte, as the new president.