Peru: Prime Minister resigns via Twitter

Peru: Prime Minister resigns via Twitter

The Prime Minister of Peru, Hannibal Torresannounced this Wednesday by Twitter that submitted his resignation to President Pedro Castillo alleging “personal reasons”, at a time when the Government is going through a political storm due to investigations of alleged corruption in the environment of power.

Torres, who had assumed the presidency of the Council of Ministers in February, had become a staunch defender of the president in the face of corruption allegations and constant clashes with the opposition-dominated Congress. “I am retiring from office after having served, together with you, our country, especially the most neglected and forgotten people,” Torres tweeted.

His resignation comes when the president faces five investigations, including alleged crimes of influence peddling, obstruction of justice and even plagiarism of his master’s thesis as a professor. Castillo has denied the accusations and has accused the “oligarchy and powers that be” of seeking his removal.

The president, a former trade unionist and former public school teacher, who has carried out an unprecedented rotation of ministers during his term, must now decide whether to accept Torres’s resignation and announce his replacement, who would be the fifth prime minister a year after taking office. government, reported Reuters.

Added to the political uncertainty that Castillo faces are the social conflicts in the world’s second largest copper producer, which have slowed down mining operations and affected investor confidence, despite the fact that the president has moderated his speech of greater state intervention in the economy.

The prime minister’s resignation came as a surprise to the group of legislators who support the president in Congress. Meanwhile, from the opposition they welcomed his resignation. “I hope that he is now an independent in office,” said the Legislator Jorge Montoyaof right-wing Popular Renovation party.

Source: Elintransigente

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