President Pedro Castillo appoints hard-liner as Peru’s prime minister

The choice of Bellido is controversial because he is one of the men closest to Vladimir Cerrón, founder of the party, who declares himself a Marxist and who has been convicted of corruption.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Peru Libre congressman Guido Bellido has been chosen by Pedro Castillo to lead his government as prime minister after the president swore him in at a ceremony in the Pampa de La Quinua, site of the Battle of Ayacucho, which sealed the Peruvian independence.

On his first day as President of Peru, Castillo presented Bellido as President of the Council of Ministers, thus putting an end to the mystery of who will lead his cabinet and manage the dialogue between the Executive and a Congress dominated by the opposition.

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