In a political crisis that seems to have no time to end, Peru lives decisive hours with respect to the highest authority: the president peter castle. After the appointment of the cabinet headed by Hector Valer that only lasted three days, the president must designate his new ministers in which has announced greater consensus and openness.
In parallel, from Congress of the republic and other institutions have issued pronouncements in the sense that the head of state rectify the course, and even the possibility of vacar al presidente or submit your resignation. Let us remember that there is already a constitutional accusation in progress.
This is the chronology of events that have generated a situation that seems to have no return. Follow the latest news of the political crisis in Peru.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Aníbal Torres, admitted that the Executive has made mistakes and is correcting them. But he added that the “opposition right hides its mistakes, eg: Repsol; Odebrecht and its arbitrators; those who do not pay taxes; those who without reason describe the government as communist; the magistrates and politicians who break the balance of powers, paving the way for the presidential vacancy; etc”, he added in his official account.
Elvia Barrios, president of the Judiciary, spoke about the country’s political crisis: “The purpose of this document is to request that you, in your capacity as President of the Republic and as President of the Council of State, convene an emergency meeting of this instance that exists precisely to allow the highest representatives of the Powers of the State and of the constitutionally autonomous bodies, we can contribute stability in the country in the search for consensual measures in emergency situations, in order to contribute through dialogue as a whole, unify efforts and adopt a commitment on public policies”.
María del Carmen Alva, President of Congress, gave an interview for Latina, where he did not rule out the possibility of assuming the position of the presidency, if the scenario arose. She indicated that as a politician, she must always be prepared for anything.
“All the challenges that arise in life, as the presidency of Congress was presented to me, we have to take them on, but it is never a matter of just one person because there are also agreements in Congress. So, in that assumption, there is a long way to go for that issue, but when you enter politics you have to be prepared for everything “, he explained in an interview with Punto final.
Keiko Fujimori, former presidential candidate and leader of Fuerza Popular, reappeared to ask the president to leave office for questioning his government, since up to now he is going to form four cabinets in seven months of mandate.
“I believe that the solution is for President Castillo to leave office and here there are several alternatives (…) He himself has confessed that he does not feel competent for the position, that he is learning, and in such a dramatic situation, Peru what What he needs is a good leader, not a bad student, as he is demonstrating. Resignation is a possibility.”, he said in an interview with RPP Noticias.
On Saturday afternoon, Héctor Valer gave his last speech to the Nation as President of the Council of Ministers (PCM). The now ex-premier confirmed that he submitted his letter of resignation from the position, due to “false accusations” filed against him by the opposition.
“I come to tell you that I accept defeat. Machine-gunned by newspapers in Peru that belong to a group and that are linked to the extreme right. They built an image of an aggressor, they have injured a premier, that is why he retires to a barracks to heal his wounds and return ready when the people want “, manifested outside the Government Palace.
In a press conference, Pedro Castillo said that he will recompose the cabinet of ministers. However, he did not mention the family violence scandals surrounding the premier. On the contrary, he blamed the Congress of the Republic for not having expedited the confidence vote session.
The premier went out at a press conference to exercise his right of defense. He said that several of the accusations were false and commented on the possibility that if the Congress of the Republic denies confidence in his cabinet, the first silver bullet will have been spent. These statements were taken as a threat and the rejection against Valer grew.
Several congressmen advanced that they would not trust him, even three ministers of state asked him to leave office.
The president swore in a cabinet with eleven changes in all. The new premier was the congressman from the Peru Democrático caucus, Héctor Valer. Only hours later, serious accusations began to appear against the president of the Council of Ministers. Complaints of family violence against his wife and daughter and accusations from neighbors for being an aggressive person.
There was an emergency meeting at the Government Palace, but there was no white smoke. Mirtha Vásquez was looking for Pedro Castillo to back down on Guillén’s departure, but there was no response. Minutes later, he submitted his resignation letter.
He said that during this time, several moments of crisis have occurred, some provoked by opposition groups with clear coup intent; “others for issues associated, unfortunately, with possible acts of corruption or irregularities committed by high-level officials of this administration.”
He adds that a critical moment has been reached. “The crisis in the sector of the Ministry of the Interior is not just any matter or circumstantial, it is the expression of a structural problem of corruption in various instances of the State that has been hitting us and that it is time to firmly address and confront it,” he said.
That same day, Pedro Castillo tweets that he plans to recompose the cabinet and thanks him for the services rendered to the Nation.
Avelino Guillén gave an interview for Epicentro where he gave more details of his departure. “My resignation is irrevocable. Under that condition I have tendered my resignation. I have waited for two weeks for the president’s response and his silence for me is a very clear and direct indication that he is assuming a position of support for the commander general of the National Police. (…) There are silences that express positions. The natural thing is for the president to support his minister,” he said.
The then Minister of the Interior, Avelino Guillén, resigned from his post today due to differences he maintains with the high command of the National Police that have caused a severe crisis within the portfolio he directs. In addition, another reason would be the lack of a statement by President Pedro Castillo regarding the list of changes in the PNP that he had presented two weeks ago.
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President Castillo offers an interview to CNN broadcast in two parts. The Mexican interviewer Fernando del Rincón manages to embarrass the head of state. He recognized that he was not prepared to be president and that in these months he has been learning. He also spoke about his links with corruption and perhaps the most controversial question was the possibility of giving Bolivia access to the sea. After the interview, Castillo’s image was very tarnished.
Criticism from different political fronts and on social networks was forceful. The opposition threatened to raise a new presidential vacancy.
The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, decided this Friday to “recompose” his ministerial cabinet, which implies the departure of the disowned new prime minister, Héctor Valer Pinto, whom he swore in just three days ago.
“I have made the decision to recompose the ministerial cabinet,” Castillo announced in a brief message to the country on television, without mentioning Valer, who was questioned by the opposition -and even by fellow ministers- after the revelation that he was denounced for allegedly domestic violence in 2016.
The next cabinet (of 19 members) that Castillo appoints will be the fourth in his six months in power, which have been characterized by his own setbacks and internal struggles in the government, as well as attacks from the radical right, which tried to open a trial of impeachment, which was dismissed in December by Congress.
“We hope that the recomposition of his Cabinet, the fourth […] yes, it does have the profiles that the country needs,” the president of Congress, the opposition María del Carmen Alva, wrote on her Twitter account, who hours before had asked Valer to “step aside.”