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MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – February 18, 2023) The Peruvian parliament has approved a proposal to impeach Colombian President Gustavo Petro in response to his statement comparing the Peruvian police to Nazis, the press office of the parliament said.
“Proposition 5607, which proposes to reject the statement of the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, which is a crime against the National Police of Peru, and to declare him persona non grata,” said the statement of the parliament. read
The press office said that this proposal was accepted with 72 votes in favor, 29 votes against and 7 abstentions.
On February 11, it was reported that Petro said that the Peruvian police went “like Nazis against their own people” during the three months of unrest in the country.
The head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament, María del Carmen Alva Prieto, who also presented the proposal to the legislators, accused Petrus of “continuing acts of political interference” in Peru’s internal affairs and insulting the national police by comparing them to Nazis.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru was asked to use the appropriate diplomatic channels to send the document to the Minister Plenipotentiary of Colombia to Peru Eufracio Morales.
In December 2022, the Peruvian parliament impeached former president Pedro Castillo. Then-Prime Minister Dina Boluarte was sworn in as the country’s new president within two hours of the impeachment vote, pledging to serve out the remainder of Castillo’s term, which runs until July 2026. Castillo, who tried to dissolve parliament before the vote, was arrested after impeachment proceedings and the Peruvian prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against him on charges of attempted coup and crimes against the state.
The incident caused a wave of protests across the country. Demonstrators condemned the post-impeachment government, demanded immediate presidential elections and dissolution of the country’s parliament.