The Peruvian Congress denied President Castillo permission to travel to Petro's inauguration in Colombia

The president of PeruPeter Castledescribed in the last hours as “arrogant” the decision of the unicameral Congress to deny him permission to attend the inauguration ceremony next Sunday of the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petroin Bogota.

“From the Executive we have always respected the independence of the powers of the State. I regret that, in an unusual and arrogant way, Congress prevents me from attending an international protocol act, “said the head of state through his account on the social network Twitter. “This fact dents the democratic ties with the sister Republic of Colombia”, pointed.

The request to travel to Bogotá was rejected with 67 votes, against 42 in favor and five abstentions. Several of the legislators who voted in the negative argued that Castillo could be looking to leave Peru given the judicial situation he is going through, according to the Lima newspaper The Republic.

Castillo currently faces four criminal investigations for alleged crimes of corruption in his current government and another in civil jurisdiction for an alleged crime committed in 2012.
“Honor Commitments”

For his part, the Peruvian Foreign Minister, Cesar Landaurged Congress to reverse the decision that would affect “the international image” of the country. “Our international image is once again in question by not authorizing the President’s trip to the transfer of command in Colombia. I call on congressmen, who on other occasions have reversed decisions to honor Peru’s international commitments,” the official said on Twitter.

It is the first time in the last three decades that a head of state has seen his expectation of traveling on an official mission frustrated. Castillo had requested permission to leave the national territory from August 6 to 8, as dictated by Peruvian legislation that establishes that the President of the Republic needs authorization from Congress every time he wishes to travel abroad.

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