Peru has a new head of state: “Countryman” and teacher Pedro Castillo took the oath – World – News

Peru’s presidential election winner Pedro Castillo took the oath of office on Wednesday and became the country’s new president.

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New Peruvian President Pedro Castillo arrives at the Foreign Ministry before his inauguration in Lima on July 28, 2021

President Castillo was replaced by interim head of state Francisco Sagasti, who was appointed by the Peruvian Congress last November. His election was to end the political crisis and protests sparked by the dismissal of President Martin Vizcarra, whom Congress had removed from office for allegations of bribery.

Castillo is the first Peruvian president of rural origin. He has been a teacher in the past and has never held any political office. He will be challenged as president, in the form of a united Congress, which may complicate the fulfillment of his election promises.

In the presidential election, Castillo narrowly defeated Keiko Fujimori, gaining just 44,000 more votes. In his election campaign, Castillo promised to help the socially disadvantaged, his slogan being “No more the poor in a rich country.”

Therefore, it was elected mainly by poorer and rural voters. By contrast, Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former controversial Peruvian President Albert Fujimori, was seen as a favorite of local elites.

Several delegations from abroad also took part in Wednesday’s inauguration. For example, King Philip VI of Spain, President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador, and Colombian President Iván Duque, who met Pedro Castillo before his inauguration, were present.

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