Peru’s prime minister resigns because investigations target President Castillo

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

“I have retired from this position having served at your side, our homeland (and) especially the forgotten and spoiled people,” Torres wrote on Twitter.

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

Torres, whose tenure lasted nearly 6 months, announced his resignation about a week after President Castillo celebrated one year in office.

He accepted the role in February, after former Prime Minister Hector Valere stepped down amid allegations of domestic violence against him.

Valere, who was in office for only four days, denied the allegations.

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

During a speech to Congress to celebrate Peru’s National Day on July 28, Castillo admitted he had made mistakes and said he was ready to cooperate with any investigation.

“I present myself to justice to clarify the charges against me in terms of due process, not media justice,” Castillo said.

According to the Peruvian constitution, the incumbent president can only be impeached on four counts: treason; High treason. prevent presidential, provincial or local elections; Dissolution of Congress or obstruction of the work of the National Electoral Arbitral Tribunal or other electoral bodies.

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