Geiner Alvarado, the fifth censored minister in the government of Pedro Castillo

Geiner Alvarado, the fifth censored minister in the government of Pedro Castillo

A large majority, including left-wing blocs, supported the dismissal of the MTC head. He filed a claim for amparo, but a constitutionalist points out that he has no support.

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Giner Alvarado, the fifth minister censored in the government of Pedro Castillo

The support for the motion of censure against Geiner Alvarado was broad. Even congressmen from blocks close to the government voted in favor. (Photo: Jorge Cerdán)/

During the two hours in which the plenary session of the Congress< b> debated the motion of censure against Geiner Alvarado, the feeling even among congressmen related to the government was that the die had already been cast. And although there were attempts from the ruling party to lengthen the discussion, the Minister of Transport and Communications was finally removed from office.

As El Comercio had advanced the day before, the plenary session had more than ninety votes —a figure long enough compared to the at least 66 required— to approve the censorship promoted by Avanza País. Thus, 94 adhesions, 14 positions against and 8 abstentions [see table] sealed the fate of the former head of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation (MVCS).

With the replacement of Alvarado, who did not last a month and a half as head of the MTC, President Pedro Castillo will have appointed 71 ministers in just over a year of government.

Positions

Eight benches voted in favor as a block: Fuerza Popular, Acción Popular, APP, Renovación Popular, Avanza País, Podemos Perú, Somos Perú and Integrity and Development.

There was a division in left-wing groups related to the government. The majority of members of Peru Libre (PL) and Cambio Democrático (CD) voted in favor, while some legislators from Peru Bicentenario and one from the Magisterial Bloc expressed themselves in the same direction. Meanwhile, only Peru Democratico opposed en bloc.

In PL, spokeswoman Kelly Portalatino maintained that her caucus was in favor of censorship, since Alvarado's situation was “unsustainable” and he should not be in any ministry. However, Guido Bellido, Alfredo Pariona and Wilson Quispe abstained, while Janet Rivas opposed.

Meanwhile, despite the serious questions weighing on Alvarado and the positions of his benches, the abstentions also came from Katty Ugarte and Elizabeth Medina, from the Magisterial Bloc, and Jorge Coayla and Jorge Marticorena, from Perú Bicentenario. The ungrouped Luis Picón also abstained.

“A government can not only declare that it is committed to fighting corruption, but it also has to appear so […] What was done was to transfer it from one ministry to another ministry. And that seems to me to be a lack of respect for the population that has voted for a government that has been assumed as a change”, questioned Ruth Luque, from CD.

The president of the Congressional Transport Commission, Luis Aragón, described the decision of the plenary session as correct. “I hope that an official comes without question, invites him to the commission and exposes his work plan,” he told El Comercio.

Geiner Alvarado, the fifth minister censured in the government of Pedro Castillo

This is how congressmen voted to censure Geiner Alvarado

Failed attempt

During the debate, Pasión Dávila, from the Magisterial Bloc, raised a point of order so that the Constitution Commission be consulted if Alvarado could be censured as head of the MTC based on questions about his management in the MVCS. But the request was rejected by a majority.

Dávila based himself on the arguments of an amparo lawsuit filed yesterday by Alvarado against 35 congressmen before the Second Constitutional Court of the Court of Lima. The official questioned that they want to censor a previous position for facts, “violating the right to due process, the plaintiff's right to work, the right to participate in the country's political life.”

In that line, he asked the Judiciary to rescind what was done by Parliament and, in case of censorship, to reinstate the resolution that designated him as minister.

Constitutionalist Erick Urbina told El Comercio that the lawsuit “has no solid argument whatsoever.” “Censorship is a mechanism of political control recognized in the Constitution and the Regulations, it has its own rules of the game”, he explained and stated that the procedure has been fulfilled.

“A judge could not support this claim, since there is no right to be a Minister of State. It is a function of trust and it is up to the president to confer it. And it is the power of Parliament to censor him, even because they simply do not agree with his actions,” Urbina said.

Alvarado has become the fifth minister dismissed by Parliament during Castillo's administration. He joins Carlos Gallardo (Education), Hernán Condori (Health), Betssy Chávez (Work) and Dimitri Senmache (Interior). But the sixth could come, as Avanza País continued to collect signatures yesterday to present a motion of censure against Willy Huerta, Minister of the Interior.

Phrases< /h2>

— “It is not about preventing [with a resignation], it is about Congress exercising its political and parliamentary control”. Alejandro Salas, Minister of Culture

— “Surely, President Castillo will send him to an embassy or designate him as a representative before an international organization.” Patricia Chirinos, congresswoman for Avanza País

— “As far as we know, that defense [for the amparo lawsuit] is covered by private lawyers who have hired him. We don't have a formal request. Minister Alvarado is using his private defense, he has not resorted to public resources”. Félix Chero, Minister of Justice

— “We have been denounced in an amparo action for exercising our right. Things have turned out exactly as they were established.” Alejandro Soto, APP congressman.