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Peru Cabinet Reshuffle: President Boluarte is Set to Replace the Prime Minister

Dina Boluarte served as vice president until earlier this month, and later took charge as president

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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PERU: Dina Boluarte, the Peruvian president, who is leading a transitional government after her predecessor was ousted, said on Sunday that she will replace the prime minister as part of a revamp of her cabinet.

Dina Boluarte’s political journey

Boluarte, who served as vice president until earlier this month, took charge as president after her predecessor, ex-President Pedro Castillo, was expelled from office and then detained for illegally attempting to dissolve Congress.

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Since assuming the new position, Boluarte’s administration has been shaken by political unrest and protracted demonstrations that have resulted in 20 fatalities, six of which involved road blockades, as per officials.

The fatal demonstrations to hit the Andean nation in years, the protests threaten Peru’s economy and political stability and undermine investor confidence in the world’s No. 2 copper producer.

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Boluarte stated on Sunday’s episode of America Television’s news programme “Cuarto Poder” that the changes to the cabinet would occur on Monday and Tuesday. Her ministers of education and culture resigned as a result of the protest-related deaths, prompting the shakeup.

The move was taken in order to “install knowledgeable ministers in each area,” Boluarte stated during a news conference on Saturday. She didn’t mention a possible replacement for Pedro Angulo, who had only been prime minister for a week.

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“Nobody can afford a minister who is learning on the job. Since the administration is changing, we must respond quickly,” she added. The new government, which will collaborate with the opposition-led Congress, will be “a little more political,” according to the president.

Boluarte further stated, “To be able to build these bridges for communication, we’re going to redefine the cabinet. It may be a more technically oriented cabinet, but it will also be somewhat more politically oriented.”

Castillo, the former president, constantly clashed with Congress, which launched two futile attempts to remove him from office. Castillo’s attempt to disband Congress was widely approved after that.

Castillo, who is expected to spend the next 18 months in pre-trial incarceration while being investigated for rebellion and conspiracy, has accused Congress, which he claims is run by Peru’s elites, of pressuring him into making this decision.

Since his removal from office, protestors – some of Castillo’s supporters, the former teacher, the son of rural farmers, and others dissatisfied with the present administration — have taken to the streets, obstructing roads and shutting down some important airports for days.

Congress is viewed as crooked and self-serving and is very unpopular among Peruvians. As per pollster Datum, only 11 percent approve of the parliament.

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