The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, resigned this Thursday from the Peru Libre party, with which he won the elections last yearafter his leaders asked him to leave his militancy after accusing him of having promoted internal dissidence and implemented a “losing neoliberal program.”
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Castillo announced, in a message on Twitter, that he had already submitted to the National Elections Jury (JNE) his “irrevocable resignation” from Peru Libre and emphasized that his decision is due to his “responsibility as president of 33 million Peruvians.”
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“I am respectful of the party and its bases built in the campaign,” the president remarked. He also reaffirmed his “commitment to continue working and promoting the great changes of the Bicentennial in a democratic country and together with all Peruvians.”
Castillo had indicated this Wednesday that “in the next few hours” he was going to respond to Peru Libre’s request that he irrevocably renounce his militancy and thanked that group for hosting him in the electoral contest that “led him to victory in the framework of the campaign (last year)”, in which he defeated Keiko Fujimori.
The president assured that “the political events that are taking place are part of the country’s destiny” and then added that “Peru is above all else.”
“From here I call on the political forces to come to an agreement to work for democracy, to work for the most important issues that the country has,” he said.
The secretary general of Peru Libre, Vladimir Cerrón, reported this Wednesday on Twitter that the decision to request Castillo’s resignation from his militancy was taken, “by unanimous agreement”, by the National Executive Committee, the Political Commission and the legislative caucus of the Marxist-leaning party.
Today I have presented @JNE_Peru my irrevocable resignation from the Peru Libre political party. Such a decision is due to my responsibility as president of 33 million Peruvians. I am respectful of the party and its bases built in the campaign. pic.twitter.com/KsRGmujnoQ
– Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) June 30, 2022
After recalling that the current Peruvian president signed up for his party on September 30, 2020, the leaders blamed him for having promoted the internal fracture of his caucus, which has gone from having 37 members last July to 16 today, then of a series of disagreements.
They also accused the president of promoting the registration of two “parallel” political parties within Free Peru, after the formation of the Democratic Peru and the Magisterial Bloc, made up of dissident legislators.
The leaders also stated that the head of state has undertaken government policies that “are not consistent with what was promised in the electoral campaign and less so with the party’s program and ideology.”
They assured, in this sense, that Castillo has implemented a “looser neoliberal program” and maintained that Peru Libre “will continue fighting for the conquest of its legitimate aspirations.”
*With information from EFE
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