MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed Tuesday that a so-called Pacific Alliance summit has been canceled because Peru’s Congress did not authorize the president’s visit.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo currently holds the presidency of the Pacific Alliance – a regional integration initiative made up of four countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – but has been embroiled in a dispute with Congress over corruption allegations.
“They did not allow the President of Peru to participate,” announced López Obrador. “It is possible that we may go to the meeting there in December”.
López Obrador also confirmed that Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would not be coming to Mexico City this week.
López Obrador expressed his hope to be able to welcome the Presidents of both those countries. However, he confirmed that the leaders of Chile and Colombia would attend.
Castillo is under five ongoing investigations into corruption charges. He has denied the allegations leveled against him.
He cannot be formally charged by a judge because the Peruvian constitution states that the president can only be charged with treason, improperly dissolving Congress, or not allowing elections.
Castillo was a rural teacher before shocking Peru’s political elite by winning the election after a campaign in which he promised to improve education, health care and other services. But his first year has been marked by near-constant unrest, with several cabinet changes and two attempts to impeach him.