The Government of Peru once again faced the presidents of Mexico, andres manuel lopez obradorand from Colombia, gustavo petrowhom he accused of going against «the principles and values that govern democratic coexistence in the region», having reiterated his rejection of the administration of President Dina Boluarte.
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In a statement issued this Monday, the Peruvian Foreign Minister, Ana Cecilia Gervasi, stressed that the defense of democracy «constitutes an obligation that commits all» the states of the region, in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
Gervasi emphasized that López Obrador’s position of not handing over the Presidency Pro temporary of the Pacific Alliance to Peru «is a manifestation of the level of negligence with which it directs its actions abroad.
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The foreign minister added that Petro, by having the Peruvian attorney general, has demonstrated «their non-recognition of the independence and constitutional autonomy of the Prosecutor’s Offices within the framework of a democratic system».
The president of Mexico described Boluarte as a «usurper» on Monday and said that he should leave «the Presidency to the one who won in a free and democratic election, to Pedro Castillo», who has been in prison since December 7 after being dismissed by the Peruvian Congress after attempting a coup.
In addition, she reiterated that Mexico will not give her the Presidency of the Pacific Alliance «because she is not legally and legitimately president of Peru.»
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For his part, Petro criticized on Sunday the visits made by politicians and officials to Peru’s attorney general, Patricia Benavides, calling her the «protagonist» of what he thought was «a coup» against Castillo. «Here what happened in Peru will not happen. Here in Colombia we are going with a determined step towards democracy, justice and peace,» she said on Twitter.
The Peruvian foreign minister suspects that the position of the two rulers «also shows an evident interest in misrepresenting reality, with the apparent purpose of hiding the internal governance problems that both face in their respective countries.»
(Petro) does not recognize the independence and constitutional autonomy that prosecutors have within the framework of a democratic system
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He added that «countries that do not wish to work within the framework of the» Pacific Alliance «should suspend their participation in this mechanism, thus allowing it to continue advancing with those of us who are committed to its fundamental principles and objectives.»
«Peru reiterates that Mr. López’s refusal to hand over the Presidency to Peru pro tempore of the Pacific Alliance constitutes the breach of an international obligation by Mexico, which may entail an international responsibility for that State,» he concluded.
The Prime Minister of Peru, Alberto Otárola, affirmed this Tuesday that his country «is being literally attacked» by the presidents of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who have supported former president Pedro Castillo and have criticized the Government of Dina Boluarte.
«The country is literally being attacked by two presidents like (the Colombian Gustavo) Petro and (the Mexican Andrés Manuel) López Obrador (…). systematically they have been attacking Peru and Peruvians through inoffensive comments that the Government strongly rejects«Otárola told the press after participating in a meeting with the Board of Directors of Congress.
In addition, he said that these two Latin American leaders, along with former President Castillo, «They are alligators from the same well» and agree in their policies «with mediocre and authoritarian efforts».
The chief of staff referred to the fact that, from the Executive, they have presented a bill that allows President Boluarte to travel abroad and govern remotely to exercise presidential diplomacy abroad. A proposal that, according to Otárola, has «a special connotation» due to the aforementioned international context.
«Due to this high responsibility and the personal that the President of the Republic has to do with our country, we invoke the sense of urgency in Congress and we are sure that they will act accordingly with this request,» required.
He announced that after this meeting, he will meet this Wednesday with the Legislative Constitution Commission to present the proposal again together with the chancellor, Ana Gervasi.