Bishops defend democracy as Peru inaugurates Marxist president

ROME – Peru’s new president, Pedro Castillo, was sworn in on Wednesday in the presence of an envoy from the White House and several Latin American leaders. The ceremony coincided with the bicentennial of Peruvian Independence from Spain, who sent the king as representative. A former rural schoolteacher, this left-wing politician vowed to govern “for the people and with the people,” but he will face deeply divided Congress. This is the first time in his life that the 51-year-old union leader holds public office. During his inaugural speech, he promised to make sweeping changes to the country, paid homage to Peru’s indigenous people and teachers and vowed to combat corruption, rein in monopolies and boost public spending on education and health.

Bishops defend democracy as Peru inaugurates Marxist president

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