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Key to Point Pedro Castillo’s inaugural address: The expulsion of foreign criminals and military service to young people who do not study or work

Peru’s new president, Castillo in Point Pedro (Photo: Reuters)

The Peru’s new president, left-wing Puntaren Castillo, Delivered his first speech to the nation on Wednesday, in which he outlined his priorities as head of the South American nation’s administration.

The 51-year-old rural teacher promised Deep reforms But he insisted on it It is not seeking to “nationalize” the mining country’s economy.

One of the axes of the President’s speech, who Considered a sober ceremony, it was to reaffirm his willingness to send a plan to Congress Reform the constitution announced by then-President Alberto Fujimori in 1993.

After saying that Peru “cannot be condemned as a prisoner of this 1993 constitution”, Castillo declared: “The announcement that we will present before the Republican Congress […] A bill to reform it. ”

Peru's President-elect Pedro Castillo and his wife Lilia Paredes walk into Congress on inauguration day (Photo: Reuters)
Peru’s President-elect Pedro Castillo and his wife Lilia Paredes walk into Congress on inauguration day (Photo: Reuters)

“We will present before Congress and respect the practice of constitutional reform, a ர சி து. We hope it can be approved by referendum. “ He noted later that the Constituent Assembly would commit itself to drafting a constitution as a result of the political debate.

“We will insist on this plan, but Within the legal framework provided by the Constitution. We need to adjust positions with Congress“The new president said, whose Peruvian Libre party There are only 37 of the 130 seats in parliament.

In economic matters, Castillo said it “Not even far away” is intended to nationalize the economy because many of its political rivals have warned that it will seek reforms “responsibly”. Among them Promised to seek to improve it Free trade Prioritize “the interests of the country.”

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Although the tone of his first comments was mild, Castillo announced that his government would try to spend more on mining projects and higher spending on education and health, which would contribute more to the local economy., With clear rules.

“It simply came to our notice then An end to the abuses of the federation’s monopolies that artificially distort large sums of money for basic goods and services such as domestic gas and pharmaceuticals”, He pointed out.

Point Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher and union leader (Photo: EFE)
Point Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher and union leader (Photo: EFE)

Castillo’s plans, advanced during his election campaign, have shaken the economic elite for more than three decades. Market-friendly policies have made the country a relatively safe haven in turbulent Latin America.

Unlike previous presidents who formed their cabinet on inauguration day, Castillo keeps his team’s makeup under lock and key. That information is expected to be released on Friday.

Government agency Petrobere announced to the President that he was participating in the entire oil industry chain “in the quest to regulate the final price of fuels”. But, he clarified, It will not be funded with subsidies The government company should participate in the market and make a profit.

He also said it would encourage a creation State “Agricultural Bank”, With the aim of reactivating the agricultural sector, it will allocate public funds to organized farmers.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandes was one of the leaders who went to Peru for the inauguration of Castillo in Point Pedro.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandes was one of the leaders who went to Peru for the inauguration of Castillo in Point Pedro.

Castillo also mentioned the educational situation and announced that he would announceFor public education in the “education emergency”, it would double the budget allocated to the department. Not only was the formation of the Ministry of Science and Technology announced, but he also said he would change the name Ministry of Culture to the Ministry of “Cultures”.

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In a surprising passage, he confirmed that left-wingers are also called those young people who do not work or study “No-no”, they have to do compulsory military service. He also said he plans to strengthen Volunteer military service programs.

Castillo also announced it Pizarro Palace, he will not lead the country from the government house because he plans to turn it into a museum.

A woman takes part in a bullfight as part of the inauguration of Socialist Point Castillo (Photo: Reuters)
A woman takes part in a bullfight as part of the inauguration of Socialist Point Castillo (Photo: Reuters)

“I will not rule from the Pizarro Council because I believe in it We must move away from colonial symbols. We will hand over this palace to the new Ministry of Culture“, he said.

The rural teacher of Cajamarca also promised in a nearly hour-long speech in front of foreign officials and dignitaries At the end of his term, on July 28, 2026, he will resume his “regular teaching duties”.

Finally, he closed his speech Insists on setting aside ideological differences. “I invite all Peruvians, I want to tell you that this is a time of great national unity for the men and women of this country. “

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Point Pedro Castillo, President of Peru, asserted: “We are not proposing to nationalize the economy. It is wrong that we want to take over.”