Peru PM resigns as investigations goal President Castillo

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

“I retire from this position after having served alongside you, our homeland (and) particularly the put-off and forgotten people,” mentioned Torres’ letter, which he posted on Twitter.

By Peruvian legislation, Castillo should settle for or reject his resignation.

Torres, whose tenure lasted virtually 6 months, introduced his resignation virtually per week after President Castillo marked one yr in energy.

He accepted the position in February, after former Prime Minister Hector Valer stepped down amid allegations of home violence in opposition to him.

Valer, who had been in workplace only for 4 days, denied the allegations.

Torres’ resignation now comes as Castillo himself is below strain to resign by the opposition. Castillo is presently the topic of 5 investigations, 4 of them for alleged corruption.

Throughout a speech earlier than Congress celebrating Peru’s Nationwide Day on July 28, Castillo admitted he had made errors and mentioned he was keen to cooperate with any investigation

“I present myself to justice in order to clarify the charges that are attributed to me , with respect to the due process and not to media justice,” Castillo mentioned.

In line with Peru’s structure, a sitting president might solely be impeached on 4 prices: treason; stopping presidential, regional or native elections; dissolving Congress; or blocking the work of the Nationwide Election Jury or different electoral our bodies.