José Luis Gavidia, Peru’s defense minister, resigns

The Minister of Defense of Peru, José Luis Gavidia, presented this Wednesday through a letter sent to President Pedro Castillo his irrevocable resignation from the position he held since last February "for strictly personal reasons".

In the letter, which the official posted on his official Twitter account, Gavidia thanked the president for the opportunity to have worked "for the benefit of Peru and the Armed Forces" and the staff of your sector "for their invaluable support and teamwork".

"Thank you President Pedro Castillo for giving me such a high honor. I will continue serving the country from the trench that touches me"wrote the minister.

Gavidia took over the defense sector at the beginning of last February, after the departure of Juan Carrasco, as part of the short-lived third cabinet appointed by Castillo and headed by Héctor Valer, and was confirmed in office a week later, when the head of state swore in his fourth ministerial team, led by the current prime minister, Aníbal Torres.

Recently, was immersed in a controversy after the weekly "Hildebrandt in his thirteen" denounced that his wife obtained a temporary contract in February from the Vice Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Ministry of Production to provide legal assistance in cases of crimes against the environment.

After the dissemination of this information, Gavidia stated that his wife had worked for two years in the sector and that he had initiated a process against the Production portfolio for an alleged arbitrary dismissal.

The minister was also involved in another scandal, after the news program "Final point" inform that He had traveled on a Navy plane with his daughters for an official activity, which led to the start of an investigation against him by the Public Ministry for the alleged crime of embezzlement.

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Gavidia was one of the ministers that Castillo retained on August 5, when he changed the holders of six portfolios after rejecting the resignation of his prime minister, Aníbal Torres.

Since he began his administration in July 2021, the president has accumulated multiple ministerial changes and four different cabinets.


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