Wednesday, November 30

Pedro Castillo celebrates one year as Peruvian president amid pressure to resign


  • The rural teacher has had a rough management that may end soon if a new motion of censure is successful

  • Castillo’s popularity is 19% and he faces five judicial investigations for alleged acts of corruption

President peter castle birthday this thursday one year What peruvian president no reason to celebrate other than your fragile survival: he lacks his own strength, justice and Congress stalk him, all in the midst of profound indifference and social rejection: barely 19% of the population approves of his performance. Castle won the second electoral round by a few votes against Keiko Fujimori. A few days later he had his first ministerial crisis. From that moment there were no shortage of predictions about his fateful end, in tune with the fate of his predecessors. Peter Paul Kuczynski he resigned so as not to be impeached by the legislature. Martin Vizcarra he replaced him until a motion of censure ended his interim mandate. Manuel Merino he had to resign to defuse the street protest. Allan Garciameanwhile, committed suicide so as not to be prosecuted and Alexander Toledothe first head of state after the flight of Alberto Fujimori to Japan, is detained in the United States and awaiting extradition.

The government began leaning to the left and currently lacks a political profile. The situation is as unstable for the rural teacher as that of a house of cards. The first year of management was marked by the successive storms. He had to modify his ministerial Cabinet four times. No one knows at this point when the current one will go premiereHannibal Torres. He hasn’t done well with the interior ministers either: he had to change them seven times. At the end of June, the president submitted his “irrevocable” resignation to Peru Libre, the party that supported his candidacy in 2021. His old fellow travelers will not defend him this time in Congress if a third attempt to remove him from the Executive succeeds.

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The president faces five investigations, four for alleged acts of corruption by the attorney general, Liz Benavides, and one for the alleged plagiarism of her master’s thesis in Educational Psychology, obtained a decade ago. On July 25, Bruno Pacheco, who served as secretary general of the presidency and, at the time of being targeted by the courts, became a fugitive from justice, decided to surrender to the prosecutor Marita Barreto Rivera. Pacheco is accused of different intentional crimes.

The media assure that Castillo’s continuity in the presidency is related to the information provided by his former right-hand man, especially those related to irregular promotions and dismissals in high-ranking positions in the police and the Armed Forces. Benji Espinoza, Castillo’s lawyer, assured that “Sayings are one thing and facts are another.” and justice must prove if what the former fugitive says is true. “Today we do not have any accredited fact,” said the lawyer. His client, he added, is “serene” despite the “attacks” he receives . For Castle it’s all about a plot against him, plotted by an elite that does not tolerate the presence in the Pizarro Palace of a modest man from the interior. “Some think we are going to bow down, even though they mess with your children, with your parents, with your family,” he said.

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object of recurring taunts in the media and social networks, some of them charged with symbolic violence, in the first 12 months Castillo was unable to assert his authority. When in April he decreed a state of emergency in Lima and Callao and announced the immobility of citizens to contain the discomfort caused by the effects on the economy of the war in Ukraine, he had to retrace his steps before the imminence of a larger protest in the streets. He has unsuccessfully promoted a Constitutional reform and changes in the agricultural field. His goals are now more modest: he proposes the chemical castration for rapists of minors, adolescents and women.

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The Congress today has a new authority. Castle I call the fujimorista Lady Camones to work together to move forward a country with more than 35% poor. She avoided the sugar-coated response and dismissed it as “deficient“e”unableAccording to Camones, the president should go home. “We have asked him, we have invoked him, we have invited him to resign, but he does not make that decision,” said the president of Congress, who hinted that there is a new constitutional accusation at the door. In the event that it prospers, “it is up to the vice president (Dina) Boluarte to assume it. For now, and before Castillo appears this July 28 in the legislature to take stock of his mandate, 120 organizations civilians have asked him to save himself the trouble and, with practical sense, forward the elections.


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