Pedro Castillo seeks the support of informal miners

Pedro Castillo seeks the support of informal miners

They warn that he resorts to a populist message and that he is alone.

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Pedro Castillo seeks the support of informal miners

Hundreds of miners entered the Palace to listen to the president. (Photo: Anthony Niño de Guzmán/El Comercio)

President Pedro Castillo received last Tuesday in the Government Palace to hundreds of informal and artisanal miners to whom he promised to “unlock” the mining formalization process and evaluate the repeal of decrees and regulations that he described as harmful.

The appointment was part of a series of meetings with various unions and sectors that the president maintains in search of support, amid questions about his management and fiscal investigations that link him to alleged criminal organizations and corruption cases.

< p itemprop="description" class="story-contents__font-paragraph">During the meeting, the president of the National Confederation of Small-scale Mining and Artisanal Mining of Peru (Confemin Perú), Máximo Franco Bequer, requested that the Minister of Energy and Minas, Alessandra Herrera Jara, leave the position due to discrepancies with his management.

Castillo responded that the ministers are constantly being evaluated. He then announced the creation of a technical committee to attend to the miners' claims.

The former Vice Minister of Mines Rómulo Mucho described the president's statements as populist and considered that the Government does not show the capacity to solve the problems that the sector is going through .

“No need to unlock anything in the formalization process. I think he said something to get out of trouble. […] This government does not even have the capacity to promote formal mining,” he added in dialogue with El Comercio.

Meanwhile, the political scientist Katherine Zegarra pointed out that Castillo “is quite alone and needs allies”, that is why he seeks alliances with different unions.