The following are reactions from political leaders across the Americas to the ousting of Pedro Castillo as Peru’s president on Wednesday and the swearing in of Vice President Dina Boluarte as the country’s first woman president:
ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, ON TWITTER
“Non-intervention and self-determination is a fundamental principle of our foreign policy. That is what we stick to in the case of what happened in Peru.
“We consider it unfortunate that, due to the interests of the economic and political elites, from the beginning of Pedro Castillo’s legitimate presidency, an environment of confrontation and hostility was maintained against him until it led him to make decisions that have served his adversaries to carry out his dismissal”
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
“The United States welcomes the appointment of President Boluarte and looks forward to working with her and her administration.
“The United States categorically rejects any efforts in Peru to undermine democratic order and defy the hemispheric commitments outlined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter to uphold democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law.”
LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, PRESIDENT-ELECT OF BRAZIL
“I followed with great concern the events that led to the constitutional removal of the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo.
“It is always regrettable that a democratically elected president has this fate, but I understand that everything was forwarded in the constitutional framework.”
CHILE FOREIGN MINISTRY, ON TWITTER
“The Government of Chile condemns the rupture of constitutional order in Peru and appreciates that the political crisis coming out of it is being addressed through institutional channels.”
LUIS ARCE, PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA
“From the beginning, the Peruvian right tried to overthrow a government that was democratically elected by the people, by the working class seeking more inclusion and social justice.”
COSTA RICA FOREIGN MINISTRY
“Costa Rica deeply regrets the decision of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo regarding the dissolution of the Congress of the Republic … because it represents a rupture in the constitutional order.”
EVO MORALES, FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA, ON TWITTER
“Our deep concern for the political crisis affecting the sister Republic of Peru.
“Beyond mistakes and successes, our brother Pedro Castillo and his family deserve humane treatment. This proves once again that the Peruvian oligarchy and the U.S. empire won’t accept that union leaders and indigenous people can come to lead government.”
HONDURAS FOREIGN MINISTRY
“The Honduran foreign ministry energetically condemns the coup d’etat in Peru, which is the result of a series of events meant to erode democracy and the sovereign will of the people represented by President Pedro Castillo.”
PANAMA FOREIGN MINISTRY
“The Panamanian government… calls for dialogue between the political actors in (Peru) so that they can find a solution to the situation.
“The government extends its support to the new president, Dina Boluarte, so that she can lead a new government that can find a quick and lasting solution to the crisis affecting the Peruvian people at this time.”
(Reporting by Kylie Madry; editing by Grant McCool and Edwina Gibbs for REUTERS)