Chaotic start to Castillo’s presidency leaves Peruvians wondering who’s in charge

Chaotic start to Castillo’s presidency leaves Peruvians wondering who’s in charge
LIMA, Peru — At his swearing-in ceremony on the 200th anniversary of Peruvian independence last month, Peru’s first campesino president condemned the “racial regime” imposed by the conquistadors that continues to divide Latin American societies today. To hammer the point home, Pedro Castillo promised not to use the presidential residence, known as the “House of Pizarro” after its founder, Francisco Pizarro, who led the subjugation of the Incas. The leftist president, a 51-year-old former schoolteacher from rural Peru, insisted it was time to “break with colonial symbols.” But now, just two weeks into his historic presidency, Castillo’s inexperience, and his appointment…Read more …

A tumultuous first week in office for Peru’s new president Pedro Castillo is facing political and economic turmoil – including calls for his impeachment – as he forms his administration.

A tumultuous first week in office for Peru’s new president Pedro Castillo is facing political and economic turmoil – including calls for his impeachment – as he forms his administration.
Lima, Peru – Since winning Peru’s presidential runoff with an explicitly Marxist policy platform, Pedro Castillo has been at pains to assure citizens and investors alike that his government will be moderate and unifying. “We are not Chavistas, we are not communists, we are not extremists,” he said shortly before being sworn in on July 28, as he sought to play down fears that his government would ravage Peru’s democracy and economy. But since offering those assurances, the former rural school teacher and union leader, who refuses to criticise the Cuban and Venezuelan dictatorships,…Read more …