The Peruvian government of Pedro Castillo is under yet another crisis as Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez has resigned and Castillo says that a new Cabinet will be formed.
Peru will now have its third Prime Minister in about five months under President Castillo. Cabinet ministers come and go in an apparent revolving door policy. All of this means that Castillo has been incapable of selecting qualified and competent people and that consistent leadership ln the various ministries in the various ministries has been nonexistent.
President Castillo, who rarely speaks to the press, announced through his Twitter account:
“As I have always announced in my speeches, the cabinet is under constant evaluation. For this reason, I have decided to renew it and form a new team. I am grateful for the support of Mirtha Vásquez and Ministers of State. We will continue on the path of development for the good of the country.”
Castillo’s announcement comes after he decided on Sunday night to accept the resignation of Minister of the Interior, Avelino Guillen, and to terminate the appointment of the General Commander of the Peruvian Police (PNP), Javier Gallardo.
Vasquez has explained that one of the main reasons got her resignation was concern over the close advisors who surround Castillo.
“I want to express my concern about the environment of advisors that he has that make him make this kind of mistakes,” she said in Nada está dicho on RPP Noticias. “”The president has a team of advisors, I told him openly today, that he should reconsider the issue of who is the closest environment, because you have seen that several times many mistakes are made in the government, and I feel that this is a responsibility of who advises him, who is in direct contact.”
In her letter of resignation, Vasquez said that it was “due to the impossibility of achieving consensus for the benefit of the country”.
Vasquez said out that “unfortunately, we have reached the point of not having been able to achieve at least a consensus on the leadership of a sector as important as the Interior, and neither on the respect for the institutional lines of the same, I doubt then the possibility of advancing in other essential changes in other areas”.
She also indicated that the crisis in the Ministry of the Interior “is not a random and conjunctural matter”, but the expression of a “structural problem of corruption in different instances of the State that has been hitting us and that it is time to address and confront firmly….In spite of the efforts made, I consider that my role has been exhausted in this instance, and that it is necessary for your government to reshuffle the Cabinet, which I have been warning about for weeks.”
There have also been concerning reports of meetings with the President that have not been reported as required by law.