Peruvian PM resigns as probes target President Castillo

Torres announced his resignation in a letter to President Pedro Castillo on Wednesday, attributing his decision to “personal reasons” and wishing success to his “friend” Castillo.

“I step down from this position having served alongside you, our homeland (and) especially the neglected and forgotten,” said Torres’ letter, which he posted on Twitter.

According to Peruvian law, Castillo must accept or refuse his resignation.

Castillo told local media on Thursday that a new cabinet would be sworn in on Friday.

“From today I will make decisions about the Cabinet, tomorrow we will be sworn into this Cabinet, and I hope it will be a Cabinet that follows our call… Let’s create a broad-based Cabinet to work for Peru,” Castillo said while being constantly interrupted by reporters.

President Pedro Castillo (left) and Anibal Torres (right) in February.
Torres, whose term lasted nearly 6 months, announced his resignation nearly a week after President Castillo marked a year in office.

He accepted the role in February, after former Prime Minister Hector Valer resigned amid domestic abuse allegations against him.

Valer, who had only been in the job for four days, denied the allegations.

Torres’ resignation now comes as Castillo himself is under pressure to quit by the opposition. Castillo is currently the subject of five investigations, including four for alleged corruption.

On Thursday, Castillo traveled to the district attorney’s office with his legal team to testify about one of those allegations.

Castillo has previously admitted to making mistakes and said he was ready to cooperate with any investigation.

“I am coming to justice to clarify the charges against me, in relation to respect for legality and not media justice,” Castillo said during a speech before Congress celebrating Peru’s National Day on July 28.

According to Peru’s constitution, a sitting president can only be impeached on four counts: treason; prevent presidential, regional or local elections; dissolve Congress; or block the work of the national electoral jury or other electoral bodies.

From Daniela Gonzalez-Roman in New York, Claudia Rebaza in London and Jose Armijo in Mexico. Previous report by CNNE’s Jimena de la Quintana in Lima

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