Peruvian PM resigns as probes target President Castillo



CNN

Peruvian Prime Minister Anibal Torres Vasquez has abruptly resigned, becoming the fourth prime minister to leave office in the last year.

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

“I step down from this position having served alongside you, our homeland (and) especially the neglected and forgotten,” said Torres’ letter, which he posted on Twitter.

According to Peruvian law, Castillo must accept or refuse his resignation.

President Pedro Castillo (left) and Anibal Torres (right) in February.

Torres, whose term lasted almost 6 months, announced his resignation almost a week after President Castillo marks a year in power.

He accepted the role in February, after former Prime Minister Hector Valer resigned amid domestic abuse allegations against him.

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

Torres’ resignation is coming now like Castillo himself is under pressure to resign by the opposition. Castillo is currently the subject of five investigations, including four for alleged corruption.

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

“I am coming to justice to clarify the charges against me, respecting legality and not media justice,” Castillo said.

According to Peru’s constitution, a sitting president can only be impeached on four counts: treason; prevent presidential, regional or local elections; dissolve Congress; or block the work of the national electoral jury or other electoral bodies.