It was a day on which much of Peru was focused on Congress, where an impeachment vote was planned against the president on corruption charges.
The Peruvian leader spoke to the country shortly before noon in a surprise televised address. He announced the dissolution of Congress and the installation of an emergency government, as well as other political leaders across the spectrum, while trying to carry out a coup that was widely condemned as an attempt to cling to power.
The government officials resigned en masse. The move was declared unconstitutional by the top court. The country's armed forces and national police issued a joint statement saying they would not support him.
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