Peru’s Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela resigns after holding a party despite restrictions

Castillo will swear in the next interior minister “in the next few hours”

Vásquez praises this “important” decision and advocates “stability, consensus and social peace” in Peru

Peru’s Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela resigns after holding a party despite restrictions
Peru’s Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela resigns after holding a party despite restrictions

Peruvian Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela announced his resignation on Tuesday after being questioned on Halloween night to celebrate a party in his house despite the ban on the same as part of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

“I made the democratic decision to irrevocably resign from the office of interior minister and reject false accusations of my professional career and the ability to govern and the confidence of the President of the Republic,” said Barranzuela in a publication on his Twitter profile.

For his part, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has accepted the resignation of the previous interior minister and announced that the “next hours” will be sworn in.

“Our commitment remains to guarantee the governance of the country,” said the president on his Twitter profile a few minutes after the announcement of Barranzuela’s resignation.

Meanwhile, Peruvian Prime Minister Mirtha Vásquez has highlighted the “important” decision by the Peruvian President to accept the minister’s resignation.

“Stability, consensus and social peace in our country is our obligation to continue to work for the people,” asserts Vásquez in his social networks.

In the past few days, various opposition parties had demanded the resignation or dismissal of the minister of the alleged party, which he denied by claiming that it was a “working meeting”.

Vásquez asked Barranzuela on Monday to explain the event, which was attended by Congressman of the ruling Peruvian party Libre Guillermo Bermejo, calling the event “unacceptable” and demanding that the government take into account the situation.

The Ombudsman, for its part, expressed itself in these words, stressing “the need to maintain maximum efficiency in the state administration”, even if this requires the “removal of persons from public office” who are unsuitable for carrying out its indictment.

The resignation of the minister, who was also questioned during his time with the police for crimes – where he had more than 150 sanctions – takes place two days before the debates in Congress and will decide whether or not to trust Vasquez’s cabinet.

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