BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has refused to accept the resignation of his prime minister, Anibal Torres.
“I have not accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Anibal Torres, who has pledged to continue working for our country,” Castillo said on social media on Friday.
The prime minister submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday, saying his decision was made for “personal reasons”.
Last month, Peru’s public prosecutor’s office announced it was investigating President Pedro Castillo, after accusations by former interior minister Mariano Gonzalez, who alleged Castillo had covered up people in his immediate entourage, against which criminal proceedings had been initiated. .
Gonzalez resigned earlier in July, just 15 days after taking office. He was the sixth interior minister under Castillo, who took power in July 2021.
Peru’s current cabinet of ministers, which began work in February, is the fourth under Castillo. Former Prime Minister Hector Valer Pinto only served for about a week in early February 2022, before stepping down amid reports of possible involvement in corruption and domestic violence prosecutions.