Through a statement, several former senior commanders of the Armed forces expressed their dissatisfaction with the the relays that have taken place in the Army and Air Force of Peru (FAP). The document was endorsed by major generals, vice admiral and lieutenant generals who they held positions of chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. AA. and the General Commanderies of the Army, Navy and FAP.
First, The document revealed the concern on the part of the former high-ranking commanders regarding the replacement, which they describe as “untimely”, in the aforementioned armed institutions. After this, they explained in four points the reasons why they considered that it is a decision of a political nature and therefore a abuse of power.
“The designation as commanding general of the Army, Navy and Air Force of Peru do not represent positions of trust subject to the interests of politics, the officers who come to lead their institutions do so due to the services rendered to the nation and the Peruvian State over almost four decades and not as part of a political party project, “said one of the sections.
In addition, it was clarified that this decision by the Executive, a few months after the mentioned entities have assumed the general commands, “they affect the normal institutional development and the moral of its members ”. In this sense, they highlighted that it is “even worse when it is done untimely and without prior communication ”.
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The text stated that, because the General Commanders represent their respective institutions, finding out about their dismissals through the Official Gazette El Peruano “constitutes mistreatment and abuse of power.”
As a final point, the statement indicated that the fact that this change took place in a moment of social conflict and the decision to authorize the armed forces. AA. support the National Police “They will affect inter-institutional coordination for the development of operations.” The text ended with the request to President Pedro Castillo and the institutions with political control to respect the institutional framework of the FF. AA.
Relays would be for discrepancies in promotions
Early on Friday, the general commander of the Army, Major General José Vizcarra Álvarez, and of the Air Force, Air Force General Jorge Chaparro Pinto, learned from the official newspaper El Peruano that they had been relieved of their position and retired. . They had just served three months in their posts since they were appointed by President Pedro Castillo.
However, according to military sources close to Vizcarra and Chaparro, The Ministry of Defense did not inform them that they would be replaced by Major General Walter Córdova Alemán, and the second by Lieutenant General Alfonso Artadi Saletti. In both cases, Córdova and Artadi were number two in each military institution, the chiefs of the General Staff.
According to information from The Republic, these officers had not been nominated by the Army Selection Board, for which the then commanding general resorted to the proposal of 24 colonels approved by the Selection Board, in which The officers who were intended to be favored by the Executive were not considered, according to the sources consulted.