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Peru PM resigns as 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 retire from this position after having served alongside you, our homeland (and) particularly the put-off and forgotten people,” said Torres’ letter, which he posted on Twitter.

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

Castillo told local media on Thursday that a new cabinet will be sworn in on Friday.

“From today I will make some decisions regarding the Cabinet, tomorrow, we are going to swear in this Cabinet, and I hope it will be a Cabinet that follows our call….. Let’s create a broad-based Cabinet to work for Peru,” Castillo said while being constantly interrupted by reporters.

President Pedro Castillo (left) and Anibal Torres (right) in February.
Torres, whose tenure lasted almost 6 months, announced his resignation almost a week after President Castillo marked one year in power.

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

Valer, who had been in office just for 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 them for alleged corruption.

On Thursday, Castillo went to the prosecutor’s office along with his legal team to testify on one of those allegations.

Castillo has previously admitted he had made mistakes and said he was willing to cooperate with any investigation.

“I present myself to justice in order to clarify the charges that are attributed to me , with respect to the due process and not to media justice,” Castillo said during a speech before Congress celebrating Peru’s National Day on July 28.

According to Peru’s constitution, a sitting president may only be impeached on four charges: treason; preventing presidential, regional or local elections; dissolving Congress; or blocking the work of the National Election Jury or other electoral bodies.

From Daniela Gonzalez-Roman in New York City, Claudia Rebaza in London and Jose Armijo in Mexico City. Previous reporting from CNNE’s Jimena de la Quintana in Lima

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