Two ministers resign
The Minister for Defence, Alberto Otárola Penaranda, and Interior Minister Daniel Lozada Casapía both resigned their posts yesterday.
The decision came after Congress decided to open a debate over the conduct of a armed services operation in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers which led to the deaths of ten soldiers and policemen in a drugs sweep. The Shining Path group claimed responsibility for the killings.
Both Ministers are blamed for the poor conduct of the operation which involved more than 1500 officers and which was eventually abandoned as a result of the deaths.
President Ollanta Humala is currently on a state visit to South Korea and therefore there is likely to be a delay before new appointments are made. Both Ministers were appointed to their positions in December 2011.