The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, informed this Friday the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, that he will not be able to participate in the transfer of command in that country due to the refusal of Congress to authorize his trip, and that the vice president will attend in his place Dinah Boluarte.
“President Pedro Castillo told his counterpart Iván Duque and President-elect Gustavo Petro that he will not be able to participate in the Colombian Command Transmission on August 7, by decision of Congress, and that he will be duly represented by Dina Boluarte,” the statement said. Foreign Ministry on Twitter.
“Through letters, the president expressed that the decision of Congress is not consistent with the very high value that Peru gives to its relationship with Colombia; and he assured that they will continue to enrich the bilateral agenda, prioritizing the sustainable development of our peoples, ”added the Foreign Ministry.
Congress, dominated by the right, refused on Thursday to authorize Castillo to leave the country to attend Petro’s inauguration as Colombia’s president on August 7.
“Preventing the departure of the President to attend the transfer of command of another country that has recently democratically elected its authorities does not contribute to reducing the tension between the Executive (government) and Congress,” the OAS General Secretariat said in a statement. about the situation in Peru.
It is the first time in the last three decades that a Peruvian head of state has seen his expectation of traveling on an official mission frustrated.
Among the legislators, it was alleged that the president is facing five tax investigations for alleged corruption, an unprecedented situation in Peru for an incumbent president.
Castillo had requested permission to leave the national territory from August 6 to 8.
According to the Peruvian leftist government, the presence of the president in Colombia would strengthen ties between the two countries.
The legislation obliges the president of the republic to request the authorization of Congress every time he wishes to travel abroad. (YO)