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Peruvian Congress votes for new cabinet on Monday amid political tensions

File Photo: President Pedro Castillo of Peru shook hands with Mirtha Vásquez after becoming the new Prime Minister of the country on October 6, 2021 in Lima, Peru.Handouts / File Photos via President Peru / Reuters

October 21, 2021

Lima (Reuters) -The Peruvian Congress will vote for a new cabinet starting Monday, said Wednesday. Once the cabinet is confirmed, Peruvians and investors want to ease long-term political tensions.

In early October, just two months after employment, socialist and political newcomer President Pedro Castillo appointed a new prime minister and cabinet after his first election resigned.

His new prime minister, Mirtha Vasquez, is widely regarded as more moderate than his predecessor, Guido Bellido, a member of the Marxist-Leninist Party’s Free Peru, who threatened to nationalize Peru’s gas sector.

After Verido was appointed, the country’s sol currency fell to a record low, but has recovered since Basquez was nominated.

But if Congress rejects her cabinet, it will send Castillo back to the drawing board, creating uncertainty about who his next choice will be.

The outcome of the vote is unclear as Congress is dominated by the opposition. Castillo says he is straining relations with the radical Liberal Peruvian Party that helped him take power, and some lawmakers will vote to reject the new cabinet.

Castillo also has a close relationship with Parliament and is in the midst of a legal debate. Parliament passed a law this week limiting the time when Peruvian executive branches are allowed to dissolve the legislature. This said Castillo was an unconstitutional constraint.

Peru has toured five presidents over the past five years during periods of political tension between the executive branch and the legislature. Former President Martin Vizcara dissolved the parliament in 2019, but was impeached by the parliament the following year.

(Report by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino, edited by Rosalba O’Brien)



Peruvian Congress votes for new cabinet on Monday amid political tensions

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