Mexico sends finance minister to Peru to help struggling Castillo



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MEXICO CITY, December 13 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he sent his finance minister to Peru to help President Pedro Castillo as the Peruvian leader grapples with protests and an impeachment attempt.

Castillo last week rejected a congressional motion to impeach him, just months after starting his administration.

“The president asked us for support,” Lopez Obrador said in his usual daily press conference, saying Castillo faced a campaign against him in the media which reflected resistance to a left-wing leader of humble origins. .

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The Mexican Minister of Finance, Rogelio Ramirez de la O, visited Peru accompanied by an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which heads programs to support foreign countries and a senior official from the Mexican Ministry of Social Affairs, Lopez Obrador said.

Lopez Obrador, a left-wing colleague, said Ramirez de la O’s visit was aimed at supporting the Castillo government “in every way possible” in a “difficult situation”. He did not provide details on the amount of support from Mexico.

Peru’s impeachment campaign was backed by right-wing lawmaker and defeated presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, and came as Castillo faced corruption allegations and numerous mining protests.

Lopez Obrador identified entrenched conservative elites as the driving force behind resistance in Castillo, echoing arguments he made against his own detractors in Mexico.

The Mexican president has repeatedly declared his belief in the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries, but critics say he has deviated from that position along with other left-wing leaders in Latin America. .

Mexico backed Bolivian Evo Morales after the country’s contested presidential election in 2019, offering him asylum in Mexico after withdrawing under pressure from the military.

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Reporting by Dave Graham and Raul Cortes, written by Daina Beth Solomon; edited by Cassandra Garrison and Giles Elgood

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