No resignation of the prime minister by a cabinet reshuffle anyway in Peru
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo Terrones on Friday refused the resignation of Prime Minister Aníbal Torres, who will therefore remain in his post. But the Head of State nevertheless carried out a ministerial reshuffle involving six ministries.
(Also read: https://en.mercopress.com/2022/08/04/peru-s-pm-resigns-for-personal-reasons)
Amid tensions between the executive and the single-chamber Congress, Castillo swore in six new cabinet members.
“I have not accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, who has pledged to continue working for our country,” Castillo wrote in a brief message on Twitter.
Torres, who took over as prime minister in February, tendered his resignation on Wednesday citing “personal reasons” and announced it was his turn to return to teaching.
Torres’ planned departure meant that all other ministers had to follow suit and a new government would have to be formed. By rejecting Torres’ resignation, Castillo avoids going through a congressional confidence vote after the legislature said he was so deeply involved in corruption that he might try to flee the country if allowed to attend. at the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro.
(Also read: https://en.mercopress.com/2022/08/05/peruvian-congress-keeps-castillo-from-attending-petro-s-inauguration )
At around 10 p.m. local time on Friday, Castillo swore in six ministers, some who were already in government, others who had been, plus three newcomers.
“The prime minister has made his position available to him, and that tells the president to assess his work. He assessed her work and asked her to continue to develop it in government. It was not an irrevocable resignation, the president asked him to continue to accompany him, ”explained the Minister of Labor Alejandro Salas.
The new economy and finance minister is university professor and former minister under Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) Kurt Burneo, who replaces Oscar Graham.
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez replaces César Landa as Foreign Minister. Salas himself moved from culture to the promotion of work and employment, replacing Juan Lira. Geiner Alvarado moved from housing to transport and communications, replacing Juan Barranzuela, and César Paniagua takes over in housing. Salas’ vacancy at Culture has been filled by Bettsy Chávez, who was previously censured by parliament when she was leader of the Labor party.
Congresswoman Lady Camones said Castillo’s resignation would be “the ideal scenario” and his departure would respond to “national sentiment”. Castillo is under investigation by the attorney general’s office in five separate corruption scandals.
In addition to his ministerial maneuvers, Castillo sent a letter to Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro regretting his absence during his inauguration on Sunday. Peru will be represented by Vice President Dina Boularte.
“Circumstances beyond my control prevent me from accompanying you to the important and historic presidential inauguration ceremony on August 7 in Bogotá,” Castillo wrote to Petro.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who met Castillo on Thursday as part of his tour of the region, regretted the situation via his Twitter account: “I regret that President Pedro Castillo was not authorized (.. .) high-level meetings will be to deal with inflation-recession, the food crisis and new health risks. We will miss Peru.“
Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola confirmed: “I regret that President Pedro Castillo has to be absent from Gustavo Petro’s change of command in Colombia. There are few opportunities to come together to discuss the challenges we face as a region,” she tweeted.