The move highlights deep polarization in a country that has had six presidents in six years.
A group of left-wing politicians in Peru has filed a motion to impeach President Dina Boluarte over her handling of a nearly two-month dispute after ousting her predecessor, Pedro Castillo. protest activity.
Some 56 people were killed in violent confrontations between protesters and security services.
Lawmakers who are allies of Castillo are filing the motion on what Boluarte called “permanent moral incapacity,” according to Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez, who is based in the capital, Lima.
Thousands took to the streets of Lima on Tuesday, facing a volley of tear gas and projectiles just hours after Boluarte called for a “truce”.
Peru plunged into a new political crisis on Dec. 7 when Castillo, the country’s first leader from a rural Andean background, tried to shorten the third impeachment proceedings facing his young government by ordering the dissolution of Congress .
Lawmakers instead impeached Castillo, and state police arrested him before he could find sanctuary. His vice president, Boluarte, was sworn in.
Protests have escalated since then, with Castillo’s supporters demanding Boluarte’s resignation, immediate elections and the dissolution of Congress.
Lawmakers will need to secure the necessary votes to bring the impeachment motion to debate, likely on Thursday, Sanchez said.
She noted that conservative politicians control Congress and they support Boluarte.
“Peru has had six presidents in six years,” Sanchez said. “It shows that Peru is deeply mired in political instability.”