The Peruvian President Dina Boluarte will be replacing the Prime Minister as part of a reshuffle of her Cabinet. She said this on Sunday.
Boluarte served as vice president from earlier in the month, when Pedro Castillo (ex-President) was forced out of office. Castillo was then illegally trying dissolve Congress.
Boluarte assumed the role of president in January. Since then, Boluarte has experienced political turmoil and protests that have claimed 20 lives. Six more were killed by roadblockades-related incidents, according to authorities.
Protests in Peru, which are the most severe to strike the Andean nation in many years, could disrupt the country’s economic and political stability. Investor confidence will be affected in Peru, world’s No. 2 copper producer.
Boluarte stated that the Cabinet will be changing on Monday and Tuesday. Boluarte spoke to America Television’s “Cuarto Poder”, on Sunday. This shakeup comes after the resignations of her education- and culture ministers who were forced to resign due to the death of protestors.
Boluarte stated in a Saturday news conference that the decision was motivated by the need to “be able to insinuate knowledgeable ministers into each sector.”
It was not mentioned that Pedro Angulo could be replaced, as he had only been Prime Minister for a short time.
Boluarte stated that no one should have a minister who is not willing to learn the job. Boluarte stated that this is a transitional government and must act quickly.
Boluarte said that the new Cabinet will “a bit more politically” and will collaborate with the opposition-led Congress.
Boluarte stated that the Cabinet will be being reshaped. It might be more technically-oriented, but it also has the potential to become more politically-minded to build bridges of dialogue.
Castillo, the former President of Mexico, was often at odds with Congress. Congress held two unsuccessful impeachment cases against him. Castillo tried to disintegrate Congress. A third vote was unanimously passed.
Castillo will remain pre-trial indefinitely while he is being investigated for rebellion and conspiracy. He has also blamed Congress for forcing him to do so.
Protestors, some of them supporters of Castillo and the son of peasant farmer, have blocked roads and shut down major airports since Castillo’s ouster.
Peruvians are deeply dissatisfied with Congress because they see it as corrupt and selfish. According to Datum, only 11% of respondents approve the parliament.