The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, regretted that Congress disapproved his request for a trip to Colombia for the inauguration of the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and warned that the "fact dented the democratic ties with the sister Republic of Colombia."
This Thursday in the Peruvian parliament, 67 congressmen voted against granting permission to Castillo, 42 voted in favor, and there were five abstentions, thus denying the permission that Peruvian presidents must obtain from the chamber for any trip abroad, reported Telesur.
From his official account on the Twitter Platform, after ensuring respect for the independence of the powers of the State, President Castillo gave the decision a unusual and arrogant.
The position of the Executive was supported by the chancellor Cesar Landa, who expressed via Twitter that “our international image is once again called into question by not authorizing the President's trip to the transmission of command in Colombia. I make a call to the congressmen, who on other occasions have reversed decisions to honor the international commitments of Peru”
Arguments against the trip of the president of Peru
Regarding the rejection of the request of the head of state to attend the transfer of Colombian powers between August 6 and 8, the opposition congressmen argued the fiscal investigations to which the president is subject.
On August 1, Pedro Castillo sent a letter to the President of Parliament, Lady Camones, requesting authorization to attend Petro's assumption of command ceremony.
Said document stated that attendance at this event "will strengthen the historical ties of brotherhood and cooperation between the two countries, giving continuity to a bilateral work agenda aimed at identifying priority issues of common interest for the benefit of the populations of both States." .
Castillo gave statements before the Prosecutor's Office
Also this Thursday, President Castillo attended the National Prosecutor's Office to testify in an interrogation about alleged interference in the promotion process of officers of the Armed Forces and the National Police.
According to local media, President Castillo walked from the Government Palace to the Prosecutor's Office, on Abancay Avenue, in the company of his lawyers and escorted by a large police force.
According to the complaint opened in the Prosecutor's Office, the chief executive is accused of irregularly promoting two officers from the Army, three from the Air Force and two from the National Police.
Previously, the Public Ministry denied the request presented by the president's defense team so that the taking of statements on this case would take place in the Government Palace.
New cabinet will be sworn in
The swearing-in of President Pedro Castillo's new cabinet, the fifth during his administration, is scheduled for this Friday, reported Telesur.
This decision was made after the prime minister, Aníbal Torres, submitted his resignation to the head of state alleging personal problems.
Castillo made the announcement during a brief presentation to the press and called on all sectors of the country to form a "broad-based" Cabinet.
Torres was the fourth prime minister of the Castillo Government, holding the position since last February, and was also part of the cabinets as head of Justice and Human Rights.
After the premier places his position at the disposal of President Castillo, the total restructuring of the ministerial team must proceed.