First modification: 07/22/2021 – 02:44Last modification: 07/22/2021 – 02:42
The president-elect of Peru, the leftist Pedro Castillo, visited the Government Palace in Lima on Wednesday invited by the outgoing president, Francisco Sagasti, to coordinate the transfer of command, which will take place in a week.
The interim president received his successor in the garden of the Palace. They greeted each other with a bump of fists and both wore masks, as a precaution for the pandemic, and then they chatted for two and a half hours.
Sagasti’s number two, Violeta Bermúdez, and the future vice president of Castillo, Dina Boluarte, also participated in the event.
“Mrs. Dina Boluarte is assuming the leadership of the transfer with the Receiving Commission so that in the following days they can receive information from the Government,” Bermúdez later explained at a press conference.
“We have reiterated to President-elect Castillo the commitment of the Transitional Government to be at the disposal of any complementary information, beyond the formal transfer of government management,” he added.
Castillo was proclaimed president-elect by the electoral jury on Monday, which took six weeks to review vote challenges and appeals before declaring the winner of the June 6 ballot.
Upon entering the palace, Castillo greeted several officials, according to images released by the government, before speaking with Sagasti, who will hand over command to him on July 28, the day that Peru commemorates the bicentennial of its independence.
Castillo narrowly surpassed his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the ballot and on Tuesday hinted that he will form a government with figures from various political shops, not just from his Peru Libre party.
“We are making a call to all technicians, the most distinguished and committed people in the country” to join the team of the new government, said the rural school teacher from Cajamarca (north).
Governance is one of Castillo’s challenges, after a polarized electoral campaign and the political upheavals of the last five years, which led Peru to have three presidents in November 2020. Calm returned when Congress appointed Sagasti as interim president.
Castillo, 51, has yet to announce the names of his chief of staff and key ministers.
The new Peruvian president has received congratulations from the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and from several Latin American leaders, including the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil) and Iván Duque (Colombia).