Peru’s President Dina Boluarte has announced a cabinet reshuffle against the background of the violent protests.
Peru’s President Dina Boluarte wants to present a new cabinet on Tuesday. The Prime Minister will also be replaced, she said in a television speech on Sunday. The previous head of government Pedro Angulo reported that the protests had abated. “The measures we have taken are working,” Angulo said. “The violence of the people who demonstrated on the streets is decreasing.”
Washington called on the Peruvian government to undertake political reforms. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Boluarte in a phone call on Friday to “double down on your efforts to carry out the necessary reforms and ensure democratic stability,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Sunday.
Pope Francis also called on the conflicting parties in Peru to engage in dialogue. “Let us also pray for peace in Peru, that the violence in this country will stop and that the path of dialogue will be taken to overcome the political and social crisis,” he said on Sunday.
Peru has been gripped by nationwide unrest since the impeachment and arrest of President Pedro Castillo on December 7. The demonstrators protest against Castillo’s disempowerment and demand the resignation of his successor Dina Boluarte. They are also demanding that Parliament be dissolved and that new elections be held immediately. At least 19 people were killed during the protests.