At least four officials left their positions due to their involvement in the Brazilian company case.
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra Thursday swore in new members of his cabinet after several ministers resigned due to their relations with Brazil's construction company Odebretch, which is accused of using bribes to secure public works contracts.
The new Vizcarra administration officials are as Transport Minister Carlos Losada, Justice Minister Fernando Castañeda, Energy Minister Susana Vilca, and Education Minister Pablo Martin Benavides.
Among those officials who no longer belong to the government are former Energy and Mines Minister Juan Carlos Liu, who had a reunion with Odebretch representatives and was related to the company; and Transportation Minister Edmer Trujillo, who is related to payments for more than US$12,000.
Former Justice Ana Revilla also presented her official renounce after she was accused of coordinate meetings between Carlos Liu and the Brazilian company.
#Perú US 1200 millones demanda #Odebrecht tras la ruptura de la construcción de un gasoducto. Presidente, Martin Vizcarra, afirma que responderán de forma legal ya que consideran que la demanda no tiene ningún sustento. pic.twitter.com/Za5bdI8aQl— Radio 580 Nicaragua (@radio580nic) February 14, 2020
According to local outlets, President Vizcarra and the Cabinet leader Vicente Zeballos arrived at the Government Palace to find a solution to the ministerial crisis.
On Thursday, the ministers were urgently summoned to Lima, which forced some to leave their activities outside the Peruvian capital. Among them was former Education Minister Flor Pablo.