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The fourth Peruvian Prime Minister resigns within a year

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Peru’s Prime Minister Anibal Torres resigned on Wednesday, marking the fourth resignation in a year under embattled President Pedro Castillo.

In a letter to Castillo, who has faced two impeachment votes in 12 months and is the target of five criminal investigations, Torres said he was resigning “for personal reasons.”

Torres posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, wishing Castillo every success.

His resignation will trigger an automatic cabinet reshuffle.

Torres, 79, first served as Castillo’s attorney general and then took over as prime minister in February after three previous prime ministers had come and gone.

The country has had seven interior ministers since Castillo took office in July 2021 – a high turnover even for a country that is no stranger to political upheavals.

In five days of 2020, Peru had three different presidents.

Leftist Castillo – a rural schoolteacher who unexpectedly seized power from Peru’s traditional political elite in last year’s elections – has come under constant fire from his right-wing rivals.

He also finds himself in the crosshairs of the attorney general’s office, with investigations into alleged corruption in public tenders and allegations that Castillo plagiarized his university thesis.

Opinion polls show that three quarters of Peruvians disapprove of Castillo’s administration of the country.

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