Peruvian opposition files a second constitutional complaint against Castillo’s government

Former Peruvian Prime Minister Aníbal Torres (l), Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and newly appointed Peruvian Prime Minister Betssy Chávez (r). – CONSEJO DE MINISTROS DE PERÚ

The Peruvian opposition has filed a second constitutional complaint against the country’s president, Pedro Castillo, his former prime minister Anibal Torres, as well as the entire Council of Ministers for allegedly violating the Constitution.

«I have filed a constitutional accusation against the ministers who signed the act that states that the Congress would have denied confidence. They must be dismissed and disqualified as soon as possible. Congress must be defended from those who dream of having power without counterweights,» explained Congresswoman Adriana Tudela, from Avanza País, on her official Twitter profile.

In the text, it is stressed that «the actions of the accused constitute a clear violation of the principle of separation of powers», while calling for a «disqualification from holding public office» of up to ten years.

«It is outrageous and unsustainable that high-ranking State officials who are or have been members of the Council of Ministers, make decisions based on interpretations that ignore the competences of the Congress of the Republic and do not accept the pre-established constitutional controls to political control», reads the document.

The day before, the Peruvian congresswoman of Avanza País Patricia Chirinos also filed a constitutional complaint in which she requested the dismissal and disqualification for ten years of the accused, after they were accused of infringing the Peruvian Magna Carta.

These facts take place after the Council of Ministers stated in a minute that the Congress had rejected the cabinet’s proposal to reform the law that regulates the calls for referendum, when in fact it had been the board of directors, without submitting the proposal to a vote.

Peru is in the midst of a political crisis following disagreements between the branches of government, which have been frequent in recent months since Pedro Castillo was sworn in as president in July last year after winning the elections.

Tensions in Peru’s Parliament have reached the point that last week the then Prime Minister, Aníbal Torres, presented a question of confidence that was rejected by the chamber, after which he resigned and was replaced by Betssy Chávez, who became the fifth Prime Minister of Peru in the barely 16 months that Castillo has been at the helm of the Presidency.