Rejection of ministerial changes in Peru

Edited by Catherin López
2023-03-25 00:10:24


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Havana, Mar 25 (RHC) Peruvian President Dina Boluarte's refusal to agree to requests for ministerial changes contrasts with a scenario in which one of her ministers will be questioned by Parliament and two others are being questioned.


In a brief press conference held yesterday, the President was asked about insistent rumors of imminent changes of the Prime Minister, Alberto Otárola, and other ministers who are the object of severe criticism, and she answered that she does not think it is convenient.


She argued that it is not possible to change ministers every three or four months, although she has replaced several for various reasons since the beginning of her administration last December, as a successor of ousted President Pedro Castillo.


She also said that a new minister always changes the top management of the respective portfolio and it takes months for the new team to adapt, which affects the management of the agency.


Almost at the same time, the Parliament approved three motions by a large majority, which may culminate in the censure or dismissal, of diverse origin and content, of the Minister of Defense, Jorge Chávez, part of a select group closer to the President.


The motions coincide in addressing the questionnaires to be answered by Chávez on a date to be defined, the death of six soldiers drowned in the crossing of a river into which they jumped together with a troop returning to their base in the southern Andean region of Puno, whose circumstances are a matter of controversy.


The motions were presented by the extreme right-wing benches Fuerza Popular and Renovación Popular, which demand a harsher crackdown on anti-government protests and protection for military and police officers accused of human rights violations.


The legislators Perú Libre, also question what they consider excessive repression against the protests demanding Boluarte's resignation and accumulating a balance of 67 deaths.


Motions have also been presented to question the Minister of the Interior, Vicente Romero, for the raid on San Marcos University and the massive and unjustified detention of students and demonstrators who came from the interior to protest against the Government, at the end of January.


Romero has been criticized for refusing to assume responsibility for the event and alleging that he found out about it on television and that the police acted ex officio under the state of emergency in force.


Another request for interpellation is directed against the head of Education, Óscar Becerra, for a questionable statement against the indigenous demonstrators from Puno who arrived in Lima and to whom the Police fired tear gas even though they were carrying their small children tied on their backs, as is traditional.


Becerra maintained that even animals protect their children and accused Andean women of exposing their children to danger, a position supported by the Government and right-wing legislators.


The cases referred to have a common denominator in their relation with the repression of the protests initiated after Boluarte took office, which has accelerated the wearing down of the ministerial cabinet and brought the president's public approval to more than 70 percent (Source: Prensa Latina).


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