Thursday, December 8

The president of Peru backs down and keeps Aníbal Torres as prime minister

After 12 months as president of Peru, Pedro Castillo has experienced loneliness and isolation in power by not accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Aníbal Torres. With this, he shows that he has no other options to replace him in front of a Congress that is hostile to him and voted against traveling to the inauguration of the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro

The surprise caused by the announcement of the resignation of the Prime Minister of Peru, Aníbal Torres, was comparable to the message from the country’s president, Castillo, who did not accept the resignation, as ordered by the Constitution, and that after meeting with him he stated: “He is committed to continue working for our country.”

The message from the Peruvian head of state where he announces the continuation of the prime minister takes place in one of the hardest weeks in the Government since he has been interrogated by the Prosecutor of the NationPatricia Benavides, for one of the five cases that she is being investigated for allegedly directing a criminal organization from the government and not from Congress to travel to Petro’s inauguration in Colombia.

Castillo took advantage of the prime minister’s ratification to make a change of government in key ministries such as Economy and Finance and Foreign Relations: where he appointed the economist Kurt Burneo and the internationalist, Miguel Rodríguez Mackay.

He also relieved the Minister of Labor and put Alejandro Salas in his place, who until yesterday was Minister of Culture. He did the same in Transport and Communications where the former Minister of Housing, Geiner Alvarado assumes the portfolio. Congresswoman Betsy Chavez enters the Ministry of Culture.

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He has strengthened his inner circle

The ratification of Torres, the appointment of Betsy Chavez and placing Alejandro Salas in a position of more weight indicate that Castillo has strengthened his inner circle of advisers where his main aim is to prevent him from being removed from the presidency in Congress.

“The cabinet expresses the precariousness of the government, its inability to go beyond populist discourse and the almost general practice of patrimonialism and the promotion of interests, which is a propitious field for corruption,” Secretary General of Transparency, Iván Lanegra; while he added. “Your supporters are individuals with agendas of their own, Without connectionwhich, for various reasons, are seen as useful to the very narrow presidential circle of trust.

The appointment of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Mackay as Foreign Minister has come as a complete surprise to analysts, since until recently they maintained that the government of Castillo is a “communist” and that he was fraudulently elected at the polls.

“My impression is that the government dropped four names (Salas, Chávez, (Dimitri) Senmache and (Roberto) Sánchez) to measure forces. Seeing that they probably didn’t have the votes for the investiture, they tried to convince Torres to stay. I think the main sign was when the Minister of Justice, Félix Chero, indicated that they were going to convince the President of the Council of Ministers to stay,” the writer and political scientist, José Alejandro Godoy, explained to ABC.

«There have been changes, they have been in sectors that did not necessarily require relief. The surprise in all of this is the inclusion of Kurt Burneo in Economywho had already refused to join Castillo’s team in the second round, as well as that of Miguel Angel Rodríguez MacKay, an international analyst closer to far-right positions,” Godoy explained.

“With the appointment of new ministers, the crisis is technically over. We have to talk to Congress.”

Miguel Angel Rodriguez


The new foreign minister, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Mackay, who questioned the election of President Castillo, said today on Radio Exitosa that “if the National Elections Jury gave him the credentials as president, ready, there is no doubt about it… if we don’t fall into barbarism. Can anyone doubt that we are facing a democratic and chosen by the will popular?”.

The chancellor also referred that “I have always said that the communism it does not exist in the international system because it is an idealism, nor should it be demonized» and that his appointment originated when he understood the international vision of the president by calling him to support his government.

«I think we are in a stage, let’s say, of the oxygenation process in every sense. Last night I said that with the oath of the new ministers, the crisis is technically over. We have to revitalize and look for confluences, we have to cross the track to talk to Congresswhich is in its bicentennial stage,” said Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Rodríguez.

“I am a statesman and statesmen work thinking about the nation’s agenda. The important thing is governance. Power is always loved by all”, concluded the Peruvian foreign minister, who is on his way to the presidential inauguration in Colombia of Gustavo Petro.

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