Juan Jiménez resigns as Prime Minister
Juan Jiménez resigned last night as Prime Minister (President of the Council of Ministers) following discussions with President Ollanta Humala. The Prime Minister said that he had held discussions with the president on Monday but that discussions had been ongoing for several weeks.
Many newspapers are pointing to the Prime Minister’s remarks about crime, where he described people’s reactions as ‘hysteria’ as the reason for the resignation. Following the TV interview where he made the remarks there was a widespread call for his resignation. Crime is the number one problem in all opinion polls and has been widely discussed in the media.
Although there has been no official reaction as yet, El Comercio newspaper is suggesting that Jiménez may be replaced by Cesar Villanueva the regional president of San Martin.
In Peru there is often a reshuffle of the Cabinet in early December, it is possible that this may now be brought forward a month with several other ministers apparently keen to stand down.