Peruvian president to reshuffle cabinet after PM resigns

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced on Thursday he had accepted the resignation of prime minister Anibal Torres over a row with parliament, and would form a new cabinet.

“Having accepted the resignation of the prime minister, whom I thank for his work for the country, I will reshuffle the cabinet,” Castillo said in a late-night message broadcast on state television. 

The resignation comes as the president continues to clash with the conservative-controlled parliament, and faces widening criminal probes.

The leftist leader, in power since July 2021, has already faced two impeachment attempts in parliament and is under investigation in six corruption cases, including accusations against his family and political entourage.

He has denounced the charges as politically motivated, and enjoys immunity until the end of his term in July 2026.

Torres, a 79-year-old lawyer who took office in February, had earlier warned he would resign unless parliament allowed a referendum on constitutional amendments.

He becomes the fourth prime minister to leave office since Castillo took office 16 months ago.

The president will have to appoint a fifth cabinet in the coming days, and the new prime minister will need to be confirmed by Congress within 30 days of their appointment.

by Carlos MANDUJANO / Luis Jaime CISNEROS