Peru's President Asks New Cabinet for Promise

Dina Boluarte, facing calls for new elections, seeks anti-corruption pledge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2022 3:35 PM CST
Peru's President Asks New Cabinet for Promise
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, center front, and her new cabinet pose Saturday in Lima.   (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

Peru’s newest president, Dina Boluarte, swore in her Cabinet on Saturday, just three days after becoming the country's first female head of state, and asked each minister to pledge not to be corrupt while in office. The 16 ministers picked by Boluarte, who on Wednesday was elevated from vice president to replace the ousted Pedro Castillo as the country’s leader, will be key to further inflaming or calming a South American country experiencing a seemingly endemic political crisis, the AP reports. Boluarte presented her government amid demonstrations across Peru calling for her resignation and the scheduling of general elections to replace her and Congress.

Boluarte on Saturday asked each of the eight men and eight women to swear or promise to perform their duties "loyally and faithfully without committing acts of corruption." Fluent in Spanish and Quechua, Boluarte was elected as vice president on the presidential ticket that brought the center-left Castillo to power last year. She was minister of development and social inclusion during the 17-month administration of Castillo, a rural schoolteacher with no previous political experience. Boluarte, 60, replaced Castillo after he stunned the country by ordering the dissolution of Congress, which in turn dismissed him for “permanent moral incapacity.” Castillo cycled through more than 70 Cabinet members during his administration. Some of them have been accused of wrongdoing.

Boluarte, who lacks support in Congress, has said she should be allowed to hold the office for the remaining 3½ years of his term. But protesters are demanding new elections. Some of those demonstrating in favor of Castillo have called her a traitor. On Saturday, several highways were still blocked by protesters calling for the closure of Congress, the resignation of Boluarte, and new elections. "Congress has given us a kick and has mocked the popular vote," said protester Mauro Sánchez in Lima, where police have used tear gas to end demonstrations that began Wednesday. "Let's take to the streets, let's not let ourselves be governed by this mafia-like congress."

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