Peru's prime minister resigns after allegations of domestic violence

O ex-primeiro ministro do Peru, Héctor Valer, acusado de violência doméstica

Former Prime Minister of Peru, Héctor Valer, accused of domestic violence

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The first Peruvian Minister Héctor Valer announced his resignation to President Pedro Castillo, three days after the renewal of the government team. Valer leaves office amid a wave of allegations that he beat up his daughter and his late wife. Denied by the congressman, the accusations are based on police reports published by various local media.

“I accept defeat, machine-gunned by Peruvian newspapers that belong to a group linked to Peru’s extreme right that built an image of aggressor and violence,” Valer told reporters last Saturday (5) . The day before, Castillo had announced the recomposition of his third cabinet just over six months after taking office, but he did not mention when the names of the new ministers would be released. The next composition will be the fourth of his term.

2022 Valer’s departure was the result of pressure from opposition parties, human rights groups, feminists, indigenous groups and even the ruling party itself.

According to a court decision released by the newspaper “El Comercio”, a Peruvian court in 2017 issued protective measures in favor of Valer’s wife, Ana María Montoya, after she had denounced, along with her daughter Catherine Valer, her husband for physical violence.

2022 The events would have taken place in October of 2016, when mother and daughter reported that they were assaulted at home by the current head of the ministerial cabinet.