Franciso Sagasti is sworn in as president of Peru remembering the deceased protesters

Guarantees a plural government and “absolutely” clean elections

The goal of his Administration will be “to restore trust to the public”


Francisco Sagasti was sworn in as president of Peru on Tuesday and, during his inauguration speech, recalled the two who died in the framework of the protests unleashed after the dismissal of Martín Vizcarra, while highlighting his “commitment” to the designation.

“I thank Congress and I thank the public for this high appointment, but this gratitude is a great commitment,” Sagasti began, emphasizing that his words serve “to remember Inti Sotelo and Bryan Pintado, unfortunately deceased during the last days “and asking that his” sacrifice “mark” a milestone. “

The new president of Peru has regretted that the deceased cannot be brought back to life, but it can be prevented from happening again, before apologizing “on behalf of the State” to their relatives, to them and to “all the young people who they marched to defend democracy “in the Andean nation.

Likewise, he has made a call to maintain “calm, tranquility and equanimity”, but not to confuse these qualities with “passivity, conformism or resignation”, as the RPP station has collected.

“We have not been able to listen or respond to the legitimate aspirations of the vast majority of Peruvians, to demands for recognition and dignity,” said Sagasti, who pointed out that “politics has been very destructive and many times the various actors have not acted as rivals, but as irreconcilable enemies. “

“The events of the last few days have made it evident,” he remarked, referring to the fact that “the political class has not lived up to what is required, of the great challenges we are facing.”

In this context, he recalled that “the mechanisms of political control should not affect the stability of the country” and place it “in a political crisis.”

Faced with the political crisis in which Peru is immersed, Sagasti has emphasized that “the challenge and the central task” of his Government will be, “a few months before the Bicentennial”, not only to gain “the trust of the citizenry”, but also “restore hope”.

For this, he has addressed the congressmen urging them “to work together, recognizing that only with humility and generosity can consensus and shared paths be found”, after lamenting that in recent years they have been treated “as enemies and not as political rivals.”

On the other hand, he has indicated that he hopes that the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the constitutionality of the motion of censure against former President Martín Vizcarra “allows a better use of checks and balances between the powers of the State.”

As for his Executive, Sagasti has guaranteed that his Government will not be “partisan”, but “plural” and that the first of the “challenges” that he has to face is to ensure that the elections are carried out “without setbacks” and are ” absolutely clean. “

“We must face the serious economic and health crisis caused by the pandemic,” he continued, before asking the Peruvian private sector to commit to economic reactivation in the context of the crisis unleashed by COVID-19.

“We will do everything possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 without seriously affecting the economy,” he promised, recognizing that it is a “difficult” task.

He has also made reference to other strategic lines that will guide his Administration, including the promotion and strengthening of education and the creation of the Zero Hunger program, and has stressed that it will guarantee the autonomy of the State Attorney General’s Office and the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP),

In recent days, the IRTP has seen its president resign after alleged pressure not to cover the protests against Merino, while the prosecutor Daniel Soria assured that the then Minister of Justice, Delia Muñoz, asked him to resign to seek a “new strategy” in the investigation of the motion of censure against Vizcarra.

In this sense, in reference to the IRTP, it has stressed that it will ensure that it reflects “truthfully the situation in our country” and makes public “the opinion of the different points of view of all citizens and not of the government.

In addition, Sagasti, who has placed special emphasis on the leading role of youth, has promised to “bring politics closer to young people” and “to strengthen the governance and institutional framework of science, technology and innovation activities in our country. As they say young people in social networks, without science and technology there is no future “.


Hours before taking office officially, Sagasti, elected the day before by Congress, has promised a diverse and plural government, after the country has chained the departure of two heads of state in a week.

“The criteria are very clear, honesty, efficiency, commitment, ability to work as a team, the idea is to have the widest possible range. We have committed to creating a plural cabinet, which can represent the diversity of citizens, in these months “He explained in statements to Canal N this Tuesday night, referring to the fact that his cabinet will be alone until the elections scheduled for April.

“It will be very diverse people, with different experiences, we want to represent the plurality of points of view” and also “incorporate people from the different regions of the country,” said the newly appointed president of the Congress, a position that will allow him to occupy the head of the country in a ceremony scheduled for this afternoon.

“We have not set the criteria of whether or not we are going to include a parliamentarian, we have not set rigid criteria, but we have maintained gender balance as much as possible,” he stressed, while acknowledging that the search is not easy when what is wanted are “people with experience, knowledge and willing to sacrifice for a few months” and who can “interrupt their professional or family career”.

He also made it clear that he is not going to rush his election. “We are going to do things quickly, but well. We are asking many people for names and we are getting names that we are going to analyze carefully and calmly tomorrow,” he said, referring to this Tuesday.

On the other hand, in statements to the RPP station, Sagasti announced on Monday night that he has resigned his candidacy for the second vice presidency of the Republic for the Purple Party in the face of the 2021 elections in light of his new role. As he specified, he has already sent his resignation letter to the party’s president, Julio Guzmán, after being elected president of Congress and as such the country’s new interim president.

Asked about what his relationship will be with the Purple Party from now on, he assured that his main loyalty is with the Peruvians. “From the responsibility of the Executive, as president of the Republic my loyalty is to all citizens without exclusions,” he said.

Events have precipitated in Peru, where on November 9 Congress approved a motion of censure against President Martín Vizcarra, thus forcing the ascent of the until then President of Congress, Manuel Merino. However, this immediately led to protests that resulted in the death of two protesters, prompting Merino to resign on Saturday.

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