Peruvian Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela resigned his post on Tuesday following reports he violated COVID-19 regulations by hosting a Halloween party at his home.
The South American country has been hit hard by the pandemic, with more than 200,000 people dying from coronavirus, making it the country with the highest per capita death rate in the world.
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Minister Luis Barranzuela, in office for just over a month, has come under heavy criticism after television reports claimed he had a Halloween party at his home in the capital Lima on Sunday, a type of gathering prohibited by government decree. a few days before.
In a country of 33 million people, the news sparked outrage from all sides of the political spectrum, prompting Barranzuela to claim the rally was work-related and had been the victim of “false accusations” .
The minister then resigned amid controversy.
“I have received and accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Luis Barranzuela. In the coming hours, I will be sworn in to whoever succeeds him,” tweeted left-wing President Pedro Castillo.
Anuncio que he recibido y accepted la renuncia del ministro del Interior Luis Barranzuela. En las próximas horas tomaré oath a quien le sucederá en el cargo. Nuestro compromiso continúa siendo el de Garantizar la gobernabilidad del país.
– Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) November 3, 2021
The Peruvian Congress, controlled by the right-wing opposition, must decide on Thursday whether it wishes to support the Castillo government led by Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez.
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Local press reported that the government would likely have lost the vote if the 58-year-old former policeman Barranzuela had remained in office.
(With contributions from agencies)