LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru’s defense and interior ministers have quit amid complaints from lawmakers about incompetence in the fight against Shining Path rebels.
Thursday’s resignations by Defense Minister Alberto Otarola and Interior Minister Daniel Lozada come as President Ollanta Humala is on a trip to South Korea and Japan.
Both were criticized for their handling of the aftermath of last month’s kidnapping by rebels of 36 construction workers in Peru’s southeastern jungle. The workers were later released but nine security force members were killed.
Many Peruvians were outraged when the father of a slain police officer had to personally retrieve his slain son’s body from the jungle nearly three weeks after the officer went missing.
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