Peru's President: I have come to govern with people and for people

Photo: ANDINA/Diffusion

Photo: ANDINA/Diffusion

12:25 | Lima, Jul. 28.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Wednesday affirmed that his administration "has come to govern with the people and for the people."

Within this framework, the Head of State said this is the first time that the country will be governed by a peasant.

"It is the first time that the country will be governed by a peasant, a person who —like many Peruvians— belongs to the sectors oppressed for so many centuries," Mr. Castillo pointed out.

The top official said it is difficult for him to express the high honor that this moment means.

"I want you to know that the pride and pain of deep Peru run through my veins, that I am also the son of this country founded on the sweat of my ancestors, standing on the lack of opportunities of my parents and that despite that, I also resisted," he underlined.

Furthermore, the President pointed out that his life was shaped in the cold mornings of the countryside, that his hands carried his children and that the history of the country —so long silenced— is also his history.

"I was the boy from Chota who studied in Rural School 10465 in Puña, who is here today so that this story is no longer the exception; I want you to know that you have my word, I will not let you down," he emphasized.

At the beginning of his speech, the Head of State saluted the presence of presidents and high dignitaries who are attending his inauguration, as well as to native peoples, ronderos (peasant patrols), and teachers.

Moreover, the top official affirmed that he takes up duties on a symbolic day —when the country celebrates 200 years of independence.

He also stressed that Peru is a country with a long history, adding that it was the cradle of civilizations such as Wari and Tahuantinsuyo.

Remarks were made in his first address to the nation from Congress headquarters.

Mr. Castillo, 51, was sworn in as President of the Republic for the 2021-2026 term in a solemn session held at Congress today.


Published: 7/28/2021
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