The defense minister made his position available to Castillo after denouncing pressures for promotions in the army

Peruvian Defense Minister Walter Ayala said Monday that he had made his position available to President Pedro Castillo after former army commander José Vizcarra alleged pressure from the government to promote two colonels from Peru in irregular form.

“I make my position available to the President of the Republic and the Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces (Pedro Castillo), thank my country and do my duty to the country. Do not use pretexts against democracy,” the minister wrote on your Twitter profile .

Before this announcement, Ayala had already told the Peruvian media that he was considering his “resignation”, which Castillo himself had called for in a private meeting after the controversy, reports the Peruvian media ‘El Comercio’.

The defense minister made his position available to Castillo after denouncing pressures for promotions in the army
The defense minister made his position available to Castillo after denouncing pressures for promotions in the army

The former army commander-general said Presidential Secretaries Bruno Pacheco, Ayala and Castillo themselves were demanding the irregular promotion of Colonels Sánchez Cahuancamo and Ciro Bocanegra.

Likewise, former Peruvian Air Force commander Jorge Chaparro has claimed to have received requests from Ayala for the promotion of two colonels and has confirmed that Pacheco made a similar request, the RPP station reports.

For his part, the Secretary of Defense has refused to “meddle in promotions” despite questions prompting his immediate replacement while Congress approved a motion for questioning.

Pedro Castillo’s government is returning to a crisis after sacking former Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela amid controversy over an alleged Halloween party at home last week before receiving the congressional vote of confidence, despite pandemic restrictions.

In addition, the President renewed the cabinet at the beginning of October after the resignation of the interviewed former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, who was replaced by Mirtha Vásquez.

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