Crisis also Peru: two other ministers resign, but the president clings

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Crisis also Peru: two other ministers resign, but the president clings

Peru President Dina Boluarte refuses to leave her post, unlike two of her ministers.

Peru President Dina Boluarte, whose country is plagued by protests that have claimed 42 lives in five weeks, ruled out Friday resigning as demanded by protesters.

Some voices from supporters of violence and radicals demand my resignation, inciting the population to chaos, disorder and destruction. To them I tell them responsibly: I am not going to resign, my commitment is with Peru, said Ms. Boluarte in a message to the nation broadcast by state television.

Previously, President Boluarte accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Víctor Rojas, replaced by retired police general Vicente Romero. At the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, it is Nancy Tolentino who succeeds Grecia Rojas in her functions. A swearing-in ceremony took place immediately in front of Ms. Boluarte.

The outgoing interior minister has been heavily criticized for the excessive use of force by Peruvian police against protesters who are calling for the resignation of the Peruvian president. Since the start of the crisis, a month ago, clashes between protesters and police have killed at least 42 people.

Mr. Romero had previously served as interior minister in 2018, under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

In addition, Dina Boluarte also swore in the new Minister of Labor, Luis Alfonso Adrianzén, after the resignation on Thursday of Eduardo García, in disagreement with the government's handling of the protests.

Protests erupted after the December 7 impeachment and arrest of left-wing President Pedro Castillo, accused of attempting to carry out a coup d'etat in an attempt to dissolve the parliament that was in power. #x27;was preparing to oust him from power.

Ms. Boluarte, who was Mr. Castillo's vice-president, succeeded him in accordance with the Constitution. But the demonstrators, who see her as a traitor, demand her departure as well as immediate early elections.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which completed an inspection mission to Peru on Friday, called for an impartial investigation into the repression of demonstrations by the power, believing that clues pointed to an excessive use of force.

The Peruvian prosecutor's office has opened a genocide investigation against Ms. Boluarte and several other senior officials.

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