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The president of Peru, the leftist peter castle, separated this Tuesday from Foreign Minister Óscar Maúrtua and Finance Minister Pedro Francke, by forming a new cabinet, the third in his six months in power.

Castillo reorganized his government after the surprise resignation of the chief of staff, Mirtha Vásquez, due to disagreements over promotions in the police, and appointed lawyer César Landa Arroyo as chief of Peruvian diplomacy and economist Óscar Graham as head of Finance.

Prime Minister (chief of staff) was appointed Héctor Valer Pinto, a 62-year-old lawyer elected to Congress in April 2021 by a far-right party and separated from that formation for demanding that the result of the ballot won by Castillo be respected (while his comrades denounced an alleged “fraud “).

the output of Francke It may generate fears among businessmen, who feared a sharp turn to socialism similar to Venezuela with Castillo and were relieved when he appointed him as head of finance when he took office on July 28, 2021.

Francke, a moderate leftist, thanked Castillo on Twitter “for the opportunity he gave me to serve the Peru in July 2021, in the midst of a situation marked by the pandemic and the need to recover economic dynamics and employment”.

Graham, his successor, was Deputy Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, and has served 11 years in the public sector, including five at the Central Bank.

The new chancellor Landa Arroyo is a 63-year-old lawyer and academic, who was a judge of the Constitutional Court.

In the new 19-member cabinet, there are four women, including the Minister of Mining, Alexandra Herrera, and Dina Boluarte, of Social Development, who is also vice president of Peru. In the previous one there were five.

The swearing-in of the cabinet went almost unnoticed by a good part of Peruvians, more concerned about the match between Peru and Ecuador that closes this Tuesday the date of the South American qualifier at Qatar World Cup 2022.

Castillo’s six months have been characterized by frequent internal struggles within the government and attacks from the most radical sectors of the right-wing opposition.

The 52-year-old rural teacher from Cajamarca (north), came to power after defeating the right-wing Keiko Fujimori after a campaign that polarized the country.

To overcome the struggles for promotions in the police, Castillo parted ways with the Minister of the Interior, Avelino Guillén, and the commander of that institution, General Javier Gallardo.

In Interior, Alfonso Chávarry, a retired policeman from Cajamarca, was appointed.

In total, Castillo changed 11 ministers and kept another eight.


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