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Bored Peru attends

the greatest political crisis

of a presidency in constant upheaval

.

The dismissal of Prime Minister Héctor Valer, a controversial turncoat who even lied about his membership in Opus Dei (the Work denied it), was transformed on Friday into another Pedro Castillo vaudeville,

willing to confirm that he is still lost in his labyrinth

.

In the end, his confession to CNN ("I was never trained as a politician, I was never trained as a president") is one of the few full truths told before his country.

"I have made the decision

to recompose the ministerial cabinet

," the president finally announced after many hours of waiting with a country in suspense.

Without acknowledging the huge mistake, without apologizing to the country,

without criticizing Valer's excesses against women

(whom he didn't even mention) and blaming the National Congress, which on this occasion had nothing to do with the mess.

Castillo's third cabinet in only six months of presidency lasted just three days,

cornered by the family violence that his prime minister carried out against his wife

, now deceased, and against his daughter;

repudiated by society, by other ministers, by Congress, by the Ombudsman, by 36 deputies who were going to vote against...

"President Castillo, you are responsible for the decisions you make regarding your cabinet, do not hold Congress responsible. We

hope that the recomposition does have the profiles that the country needs

," replied Maricarmen Alva, president of Parliament.

Valer unsuccessfully tried

a last-minute flight forward

, by demanding that Congress advance its investiture session to yesterday, when the Constitution establishes a period of up to one month to analyze the viability of both the ministers and the

premier

himself .

If an express vote had been carried out,

the controversial turncoat would not have reached even a dozen supports from the 130 deputies

who attend the chamber.

The real power in Peru today

is held by the "shadow cabinet" made up of Castillo's advisers

, several from his homeland, who not only elected an

impossible

prime minister, but also several disconcerting ministers.

As Wilber learned, head of Environment and in charge of redirecting the ecological disaster caused by the Repsol oil spill,

who only a few days before had failed the "exam" to become an advisor to a deputy minister

.

Some "plumbers" who further obscure the labyrinth through which Castillo travels, stained by chaos, inefficiency and corruption, but who also take advantage of moments of confusion to move their chips. They first maneuvered to force the dismissal of the attorney general, who had dared to denounce the president before the Public Prosecutor's Office. In the last hours they also pressured the departure of Susana Silva, head of prisons,

because they say she refused to transfer the old dictator, Alberto Fujimori, from the clinic where he was being held to a common prison

.

On the other hand, the rumor in the political gossips of Lima is that Castillo wants to force the freedom of the military coup leader Antauro Humala, champion of a mixture of nationalist populism and ethnic socialism that evokes the Inca empire, baptized as "ethnocacerismo".

"This government is not only incapable, it has been damaging the State by withdrawing cadres with outstanding careers.

They prefer chaos and mediocrity to continue doing their thing with the public apparatus

," protested former President Martín Vizcarra.


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