First modification: 08/01/2021 – 03:45
The new president completed the formation of his cabinet with the holders of the Economy portfolios, Pedro Francke; and Justice, Aníbal Torres. The group is completed amid criticism of the investigations facing other future officials. In addition, there is rejection in front of the recently sworn-in chief of ministers, Guido Bellido, a member of the radical left of the president’s party, whose appointment caused the collapse of the local currency in the markets.
The new president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, tries to lower the tensions around his cabinet with the appointment of a moderate left economist to head the Ministry of Economy: Pedro Francke.
It is an incentive for the agitated markets in which the sun, the Peruvian currency, collapsed, after last Thursday the president appointed Guido Bellido, a member of the radical wing of the now left-wing ruling party, Peru Libre as chief of ministers. .
The sun fell to a historic crash every day in more than seven years. The local stock index fell nearly 6% to its session low and posted its lowest close since November.
The main rejection against Bellido is given by being one of the figures closest to the founder of the party, Vladimir Cerrón, a neurosurgeon who declares himself a Marxist and an admirer of the governments of Cuba and Venezuela. He was unable to run for the presidency or assume a cabinet post due to corruption charges.
Initially, Bellido’s appointment dampened investors’ hopes for a more moderate cabinet, but now the swearing in of Francke, a top Castillo adviser who had helped the newly-elected president soften his image, appears to be aimed at calming nervousness in the investors.
Faced with the strong rejection and in an attempt to calm down, Castillo launched a message on his Twitter account in which he replied: “Our commitment is with Peru and he has no other interest than to dedicate each and every one of our efforts to build a more just, free and dignified country. We will not disappoint your trust ”.
But investors are increasingly skeptical about the direction Peru would take under Castillo, after a political campaign in which his promises to distribute wealth more equitably spooked markets.
However, they also earned him the votes of the poorest people in the rural and isolated areas of the country. In recent weeks and in his inauguration speech, the head of state showed a more moderate tone and refuted the accusations about alleged intentions to carry out expropriations.
This is the new Minister of Justice of Peru
The other appointment with which Castillo completes his team of ministers is that of Aníbal Torres, to occupy the Justice portfolio. Torres was a member of the technical team of the now president in the electoral contest and has a doctorate in Law and Political Science.
He is also an experienced jurist who must play a fundamental role in one of the flagship promises of the new ruler: the change of the country’s Constitution.
“It will be interesting what his position will be on the Constituent Assembly,” said former Justice Minister Ana Neyra. On his first day as president Castillo ratified that as a first measure he will present to Congress a bill that allows the drafting of the new Magna Carta, a decision that has aroused the rejection of several opposition parties.
Castillo begins his government with disagreements within his cabinet
The pressure and criticism against Castillo for the possible direction that his cabinet would take not only occurs in the financial sphere and on the part of his political opponents, but even within his own party.
Both the new Minister of Economy and the Minister of Justice rejected Bellido’s appointment. In fact, this was the reason why at the last minute they hesitated to accept the position and refused to take the oath with the rest of the ministers on Thursday.
Another criticism focuses on the fact that of the 16 ministers only two are women. Anahí Durand, who will lead the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations; and Dina Boluarte, the elected vice president who will lead the Development and Social Inclusion portfolio.
Other ministers investigated by justice
Added to these controversies is Castillo’s decision to appoint the lawyer Iber Maraví as Minister of Labor, who, although he is known within the Education sector of his country for his career, also arouses fears due to his alleged links with Conare-Sutep.
This is a faction of the teaching profession close to the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), defined by the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office as the legal arm of the Shining Path terrorist group.
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Another rejection falls on the appointment of lawyer Walter Ayala as the new Defense Minister, who was sanctioned for functional misconduct. He was dismissed as president of the Ethics Committee of the Lima Bar Association (CAL), in 2019, for having ordered the suspension of the tuition of former supreme prosecutor Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, investigated for the Los Cuellos Blancos del Puerto case.
In addition, the Peruvian press highlights that Ayala’s past is dotted with different disciplinary sanctions when he served as a member of the National Police in 1997.
Among them, six days of rigorous arrest after the authorities determined that he “incurred serious offenses against police morals and against discipline” for having denied that he knew a person who was under an arrest warrant for the crime of reception, as recorded in a file cited by local media.
Against this background, President Pedro Castillo begins his government full of controversies and discrepancies within and outside his political party, and before a Congress dominated by the opposition and highly fragmented. Both situations could hamper his main campaign promises, starting with the one at the top of his work list: the push for a Constituent Assembly.
With Reuters, EFE and local media