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Peru’s Political Crisis Intensifies as Probes Close In on Castillo

  • Pro-Castillo social leaders call for congress closing, protest
  • President has been fighting graft probes, impeachment motions
Pedro Castillo, Peru’s president, attends a swearing-in ceremony at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. 
Pedro Castillo, Peru’s president, attends a swearing-in ceremony at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Photographer: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg

Peru’s political crisis is worsening with the prime minister calling for people to defend the government in the street and lawmakers exchanging shoves in congress as graft probes close in on embattled President Pedro Castillo.

Late Wednesday, after his sister-in-law turned herself into authorities for alleged influence peddling, Castillo met at the presidential palace with allied social leaders who called for the closing of congress and for supporters to come to the capital Lima to protest recent developments.