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Peruvian Defense Minister resigns

Walter-Ayala

Peruvian Defense Minister resigns

Lima, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Defense Minister, Walter Ayala, resigned this Sunday under political and media pressures generated by allegations that he irregularly promoted three military officers to the rank of general.
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In his resignation message, via Twitter, Ayala ratified that the accusations against him are false. Relieved Army chief Jose Vizcarra and Air Force Commander Jorge Chaparro have hinted that they were replaced as a reprisal for not accepting the alleged recommendations of the minister.

The Defense Minister put his post at the disposal of the Head of State on November 8, after the allegations of the relieved commanders came to light, but the President did not accept his resignation, which became irrevocable this Sunday.

“Enough with politicking. Let them govern!”, wrote Ayala in Twitter. He is being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, together with the Secretary of the Presidency, Bruno Pacheco, as a result of the accusations made by Vizcarra and Chaparro against both of them.

The Justice Minister, Anibal Torres, reminded that the President has the power to replace military officers as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and accused former military congressmen who are spearheading the campaign of accusations against the Government for the dismissal of Vizcarra and Chaparro, of falsifying the truth and generating confusion.

The objective of these exalts, Torres said, ‘has only one purpose, that of removing the President of the Republic and for that they have not been elected’.

Following the allegations, a small group of demonstrators close to extreme right-wing parties in Parliament took to the streets calling for Castillo’s removal from office.

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