Peru’s President sacks Prime Minister accused of domestic violence

Following charges of domestic violence, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo fired Prime Minister Hector Valer Pinto three days after appointing him.

Castillo, a Marxist, made the announcement in a brief broadcast address that did not mention Valer Pinto by name.

The president stated, “I have decided to recompose the cabinet,” implying that Prime Minister Hector Valer Pinto is out.

Pinto came under fire after tabloids reported that his wife and kids had accused him of domestic violence twice in 2016.

He has denied being an “abuser,” and said he was never convicted.

A judge had issued a protective order for his wife.

He had said he would stay in his job unless Congress passed a vote of no-confidence.

This is Castillo’s third cabinet reshuffle since taking power in 2021.

He said he would reconstitute the cabinet, after leaders in Congress declined to hold a vote of confidence on the Cabinet named on Tuesday February 1.

The opposition and some other cabinet members were opposed to Pinto’s presence in the government.

Castillo’s new cabinet still needs to be confirmed through a congressional vote.

The prime minister position in Peru is the chief adviser to the president and also presides and helps appoint the rest of the cabinet.

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