Monday, January 30, 2023

Peru: Boluart will change Prime Minister to calm the protests

LIMA, Peru ( Associated Press) – Peru’s President Dina Boluarte will replace her prime minister in the coming days, she announced Sunday, as one of the measures she seeks to quell protests after ousting her predecessor, Pedro Castillo. to which they already want to add twenty deaths.

“It’s one of the places that’s going to change, it’s the premiership,” he said on America TV station on Sunday in his first interview with the press since taking office.

Shortly afterwards, in a second interview, he said that the change would happen the following Tuesday.

He recognized that he needed a more political cabinet, not as technical as the one he had formed.

“Why did I put together a technical cabinet? To solve the needs as soon as possible (…) However, as a result of this situation of violence (…) we have said ‘we are going to reform the cabinet’ “, argued Boluaarte. He added that the new formation would make it possible to “build these bridges of dialogue”.

Boluarte last week named lawyer Pedro Angulo, former dean of the Lima Bar Association and former anti-corruption prosecutor, as prime minister. As head of the ministerial cabinet, he described the protests as “something akin to terrorism”.

The Peruvian president also confirmed that in addition to the investigation already launched by the prosecutor’s office, military jurisdiction will investigate the deaths in the recent convulsions.

“I believe that no death is accepted and certainly the death of people in this violence has hurt me,” he said.

Activist Gisela Ortiz, a former minister in the Castillo government and sister of one of those killed in the La Cantuta massacre by the Alberto Fujimori regime, recalled that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that human rights crimes are no one’s crimes . Military work and must be approved in general jurisdiction.

Boluarte said he has invited Peru to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to evaluate the situation. “It will be coming tomorrow (Monday the 19th) or Tuesday. We have invited them”, mentioned the Head of State with the Latina television station.

In a third interview, he said that despite being investigated by the prosecutor’s office, Mexico would give asylum to Castillo’s relatives, including his wife, former first lady Lilia Paredes.

“What the chancellor tells me (is) that the investigation taking place in the prosecutor’s office should not interfere with the issue of possible political asylum,” he said on Panamericana TV.

The president also questioned Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s expressed support for Castillo.

“I think he is confusing the two issues because he went to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights over violations in his democratic election when he was mayor in Colombia. The case of former President Pedro Castillo is not the same as before. There has been a coup here, unsuccessful yes, but there has been a coup that has been carried out by former President Pedro Castillo himself and as a result, it is the Congress, by the vote of the left, (which) vacated Pedro Castillo,” Boluaarte said. “Will Colombia have to live outside the law? I don’t believe so”.

As at his conference last Saturday, the president spoke Quechua, a native language spoken by about 14% of Peruvians, especially in protest areas.

“Don’t be angry. Why are you going out? Calm down sister, calm down brother. Let’s work together. I love you with all my heart. Did I tell you: ‘Don’t come to the big house. No, that big house, that palace is for you. Go there, we’ll see point by point how to solve the problems”, mixing the supposed language of the Incas with Spanish.

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