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The new president of Peru completely renews the leadership of the Armed Forces


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The new president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, renewed the entire leadership of the Armed Forces with the appointment of a new chief and new general commanders in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Castillo appointed the hitherto General Commander of the Army, Manuel Gómez de la Torre, as the new head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, and in his place appointed General José Vizcarra, his immediate successor.

As Efe reports, the leftist president was forced to appoint a new head of the Joint Command after the departure of Cesar Astudillo, who asked the former interim president Francisco Sagasti (2020-2021) to be retired before Castillo assumed presidential functions.

The head of state took advantage of this change to also renew the general commanders of the Navy and the Peruvian Air Force (FAP). In the FAP he retired Rodolfo Pereyra to be replaced by his immediate successor in the ranks, Jorge Chaparro, but in the Navy there was a more profound renewal.

Castillo appointed Vice Admiral as the new commanding general of the Navy Alberto Alcala, who was not the immediate successor to the position. This circumstance occurs after several retired members of the Navy led a movement of retired soldiers to ask the Armed Forces not to recognize Castillo as president, which in practice would have been a coup.

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The movement increased the tension experienced after the second round of the presidential elections. The conservative sector of Peru mobilized against the electoral results, supporting the allegations of fraud by the right-wing Keiko Fujimori, who lost the elections. Finally the electoral justice declared valid the victory of the radical Castillo, candidate of the Marxist party Peru Libre. Among the members of this campaign were Admirals Jorge Montoya and José Cueto, current congressmen from the right-wing Popular Renovation party.

Likewise, in that period of great confrontation it emerged that, from the maximum security prison run by the Navy, Vladimiro Montesinos, who was the first adviser to former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), freely called abroad to coordinate an alleged purchase of magistrates of the National Elections Jury (JNE).

The intention of Montesinos, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption, was to bribe Peru’s highest electoral authority to admit the allegations of fraud filed by Keiko Fujimori outside the legal deadline to do so.

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