The new president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, inaugurated his five-year term on Wednesday with a long 70-minute speech in which he promised a “responsible change” and insisted on the idea of convening an assembly to draft a Constitution to replace the 1993 one. representing the Peruvian left, however some ads more linked to populism and some rights, than to supposedly progressive sectors: military service for young “ni-ni” and a threat to “foreign criminals”.
“Young people who neither study nor work must go to military service”Castillo announced in a ceremony that was attended by the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and the Bolivian leaders, Luis Arce; Chile, Sebastián Piñera; Colombia, Iván Duque, and Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, in addition to various guests, including former Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Castillo, a 51-year-old rural school teacher who is active in the left-wing Peru Libre (PL) party, did not elaborate on how he will implement the military service Mandatory for those without study or work.
But the announcements of the new president did not end there. Before Congress, Castillo warned: “Foreign criminals will have 72 hours term from date to leave the country”.
The new president He attended the ceremony dressed in a sober blue jacket and white shirt, without the tie that used to be essential in such acts. What’s more, he wore his huge white hat as always, typical of the Cajamarca tradition. While that was happening inside the Congress, in the streets of downtown Lima, people of humble origins and mainly from the Andean areas gathered to express their support for a president who defeated by only 44,000 votes the right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.
Castillo He assured that it is “absolutely false” that his Government is going to resort to expropriations or nationalization, as his adversaries affirm, and he promised that the changes will be made with respect to private property and the progress achieved in recent years.
With respect to convocation of a constituent, Castillo warned that it will be done in accordance with current legislation, which will involve dialogues with the forces represented in Congress. “There will be no clean sweep of legality,” he said.
“Everyone knows that one of our main political banners is the convocation of a constituent assembly; we will insist on this but always within the framework of the law and the current Constitution“Said Castillo, in a message to some of his adversaries who assure that he will impose a new Magna Carta by force to perpetuate himself in power.