Dina Boluarte was sworn in as Peruvian President on Wednesday, following the removal of outgoing President Pedro Castillo by Congress.
The day began with Castillo facing his third impeachment effort since taking power from Peru's traditional political elite in an election 18 months ago.
The 53-year-old proclaimed in a televised address to the nation that he was dissolving the opposition-dominated Congress, imposing a curfew, and ruling by decree.
As the speech drew criticism, legislators convened sooner than expected to debate the impeachment resolution, which was approved with 101 votes out of a total of 130 lawmakers.
Boluarte announced in her maiden speech as president that she would fight corruption with the help of the country's Comptroller's Office and Attorney General's Office. She also called for a "political truce to install a government of national unity."
"My first task is to fight corruption, in all forms," Boluarte said. "I have seen with revulsion how the press and judicial bodies have reported shameful acts of robbery against the money of all Peruvians, this cancer must be rooted out."
The remainder of Boluarte's term runs through July 2026.
According to her résumé, Boluarte received her law degree from the San Martn de Porres Private University, where she also earned a master's degree in notarial and registry law.
As a senior management advisor and later as the head of the regional office, she started her political career in 2007 at the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status in Surco.
She ran as a Peru Libre Party candidate for mayor of Surquillo in 2018. She stood in the extraordinary parliamentary elections two years later, in 2020, however she was unsuccessful in obtaining a seat.
Boluarte was a candidate for vice president for the Peru Libre party and Castillo's running mate in the 2021 national elections. According to the National Election Jury, Castillo won the contest in a second round of voting with 8,836,380 votes (JNE).
After six investigations against him, five cabinet reshuffles, and significant protests, Castillo was impeached for his "moral incapacity" to exercise power.
Impeachment proceedings can be brought against a president under the constitution based on suspected political wrongdoing rather than legal misconduct, making impeachments common in Peru.
According to Marita Barreto, the manager of a group of prosecutors who deal with public corruption, Castillo was placed under arrest on Wednesday night.
Castillo became the third president to be removed from office since 2018 as a result of "moral incapacity" under the constitution.