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Swearing-in of the President of the Council of Ministers Guido Bellido generates controversy in Peru


The swearing in of Guido Bellido as prime minister in the Castillo government in Peru has generated controversy over an investigation against him.

Pedro Castillo sworn in as president of Peru

(CNN Spanish) -

This Thursday, Congressman for Peru Libre, Guido Bellido Ugarte, was sworn in as president of the Council of Ministers.

Bellido, 41, has a degree in Electronic Engineering and is part of the ruling party for the Cusco region.

What has resonated the most about this appointment, of the now prime minister, is an investigation that weighs against him.

  • Pedro Castillo, new president of Peru

According to a document from the Public Ministry, the Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation against Bellido Ugarte for the alleged crime of apology to terrorism.

This after the statements made by the congressman during an interview with Inka Vision in which he refused to classify the Shining Path terrorist group as a terrorist organization.

Bellido said that this organization was made up of a group of Peruvians who had "taken a wrong path."

The new president of the Council of Ministers of Peru, Guido Bellido, raises his fist during his swearing-in ceremony, together with the president of Peru Pedro Castillo, in Pampa de la Quinua, Ayacucho, on July 29, 2021. (Credit: ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP via Getty Images)

CNN contacted the Prosecutor's Office to find out the status of the investigation and we are still waiting for a response.


CNN also attempted to contact Bellido for his position on this investigation.

Other statements by Guido Bellido that have been controversial are those related to the government of Cuba.

In an interview this month with Canal N he said that "the people are the ones who determine the model of government, that is what they have determined in Cuba and that is why they are 60 years old. If the majority of the population approves and participates, it is a democracy ".

Reactions to Bellido's appointment have come from various sectors of Peruvian politics, including from his own party.

The congressman from Peru Libre, Jorge Coayla, considered the decision to appoint Bellido as “not convenient.” For his part, the Purple Party indicated that his appointment “undermines governance”.

Castillo swears in ministers, but does not assign in Economy and Justice portfolios

During this Thursday's ceremony, which occurred almost three hours late, 16 of the 18 ministers of Prime Minister Bellido's cabinet, the first Council of Ministers of President Pedro Castillo, were sworn in.

But Castillo, so far, has not sworn anyone in the ministries of Economy and Justice.

So far, the government has not informed the public why they have not assigned ministers to these portfolios.

Meanwhile, Pedro Castillo's cabinet has only two women at the moment.

The sworn list for this Thursday is as follows:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Héctor Béjar Rivera

Defense Minister

Walter Ayala

Minister of the Interior

Juan Manuel Carrasco

Minister of Education

Juan Cadillo

Minister of Health

Hernando Ceballos

Minister of Agriculture

Víctor Mayta

Minister of Labor

Iber Maravi

Production Minister

Yvan Quispe

Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism

Roberto Sánchez

Minister of Energy and Mines

Iván Medina

Minister of Transport

Juan Francisco Silva

Minister of Housing

Geiner Alvarado

Minister of Culture

Ciro Gálvez

Minister of the Environment

Rubén Ramírez

Minister of Development and Social Inclusion

Dina Boluarte

Minister for Women

Anahí Durand

Pedro Castillo

Source: cnnespanol

All news articles on 2021-07-30

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