Peru PM resigns as investigation targets President Castillo

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

“I am retiring from this position after serving alongside you, our homeland(s) especially the deterred and forgotten,” Torres’s letter, which he posted on Twitter, said.

Under Peruvian law, Castillo must accept or reject his resignation.

President Pedro Castillo (left) and Anibal Torres (right) in February.
Torres, whose tenure lasted nearly six months, announced his resignation nearly a week after President Castillo had been in power for a year.

He accepted the role in February, after former Prime Minister Hector Valer resigned over allegations of domestic violence against him.

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

Torres’ resignation now comes as Castillo himself is under pressure to resign from the opposition. Castillo is currently the subject of five investigations, four of which are for alleged corruption.

During a speech to Congress on the occasion of Peru’s national holiday on July 28, Castillo admitted that he had made mistakes and said he was willing to cooperate with any investigation.

“I am presenting myself before the courts to clear up the allegations attributed to me, regarding a fair trial and not before the media,” Castillo said.

Under the Peruvian constitution, a sitting president can only be impeached on four charges: treason; preventing presidential, regional or local elections; dissolving the congress; or obstruct the work of the national election jury or other electoral bodies.

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