Aníbal Torres

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Aníbal Torres
Juramentación de nuevo Gabinete Ministerial 3-45 screenshot - Aníbal Torres (cropped).png
Prime Minister of Peru
Assumed office
8 February 2022
PresidentPedro Castillo
Preceded byHéctor Valer
Minister of Justice and Human Rights
In office
30 July 2021 – 8 February 2022
PresidentPedro Castillo
Prime MinisterGuido Bellido
Mirtha Vásquez
Héctor Valer
Preceded byEduardo Vega Luna
Succeeded byÁngel Yldefonso
Personal details
Born (1942-12-28) 28 December 1942 (age 79)
Chota, Peru
Political partyIndependent
Alma materNational University of San Marcos (LLB, MA, PhD)

Aníbal Torres Vásquez (born 28 December 1942) is a Peruvian lawyer, jurist, and politician. Who has served as the prime minister of Peru since February 2022.[1] Torres resigned from the premiership on 3 August 2022; however, his resignation was rejected by president Castillo, and Torres stayed on as prime minister.[2][3] He was also Minister of Justice and Human Rights from July 2021 to February 2022 under the government of Pedro Castillo.[4]

Career[edit]

Torres was born in Chota, Cajamarca. He was a lawyer and university professor at the National University of San Marcos. He graduated as a lawyer in 1970 and as a doctor, in Law and Political Science, from the same university in 1987. He studied Civil and Commercial Law at the Universitá Degli Studi di Roma (1970–1971).[5]

He was director and dean of the Lima Bar Association, dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the National University of San Marcos, President of the Board of Deans of the Peruvian Bar Associations, honorary president of the Peruvian Academy of Laws, member of the Patriotic Commission for the Defense of the Mar de Grau, the Peruvian Institute of Air Law, the Academy of Aeronautical History of Peru, honorary member of the bar associations of Loreto, Puno, Cusco, Cajamarca, and Apurímac. He is the author of various publications on civil law and administrative law.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

2011 general election[edit]

At the 2011 Peruvian general election, Torres unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Peruvian Congress with Peru Wins for the constituency of Lima.[7]

2021 general election[edit]

Torres with Pedro Castillo after his inauguration.

Torres supported Yonhy Lescano, Popular Action's presidential nominee in the first round of the 2021 Peruvian general election.[8] For the second round of the general election, Torres became the main legal advisor for Pedro Castillo's presidential campaign. Castillo would ultimately win the election.

Minister of Justice and Human Rights[edit]

On 30 July 2021, Torres was appointed Minister of Justice and Human Rights by Pedro Castillo at the start of his presidential term.[9]

Prime Minister of Peru (2022–present)[edit]

On 8 February 2022, Torres was sworn in as Prime Minister of Peru, succeeding the short-lived and disgraced Héctor Valer in the position. He became the fourth cabinet head in less than a year in the Castillo administration.[10]

On 22 April 2022, Torres stated to the IV Decentralized Council of Ministers that "some senior military members speak in the same direction to carry out the coup d'état" against Castillo. He also stated they were planning to place "the lady who lost the elections" in power, in a clear reference to Keiko Fujimori and her loss in the 2021 general election.[11]

On 3 August 2022, Torres resigned as Prime Minister, claiming personal reasons. At the time, President Castillo was facing five separate criminal investigations.[12] The resignation was rejected by President Castillo.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aníbal Torres juró como el nuevo presidente del Consejo de Ministros". RPP (in Spanish). 8 February 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Peru PM resigns as investigations target President Castillo". Reuters. 3 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b "No Premier resignation by cabinet reshuffled anyway in Peru". MercoPress. 6 August 2022. Archived from the original on 9 August 2022. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Pedro Francke y Aníbal Torres asumirán las carteras de Economía y Justicia". Gestión (in Spanish). 31 July 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Anibal Torres Vasquez". Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  6. ^ Valencia, Martha (2 July 2021). "Aníbal Torres: "Yo no puedo olvidar mi origen, no puedo olvidar el Perú profundo"". El Búho (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Políticos - Aníbal Torres". infogob.jne.gob.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  8. ^ Isaac Bigio, « Perú: un cuarto gabinete busca aplacar a la derecha », América Latina en Movimiento,‎ 10/02/2022
  9. ^ "Aníbal Torres es el nuevo ministro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos". andina.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  10. ^ Cervantes, Maria (8 February 2022). "Peru President Names Fourth Prime Minister Since July". Bloomberg. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Aníbal Torres warned that there is a plan to carry out a military coup in Peru". Infobae (in European Spanish). 22 April 2022. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Peru PM resigns as investigations target President Castillo". Reuters. 3 August 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by
Eduardo Vega Luna
Minister of Justice and Human Rights
2021–2022
Succeeded by
Ángel Yldefonso
Preceded by Prime Minister of Peru
2022–present
Incumbent