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Peru: Congress denies support to ministers, unleashes political crisis


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FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra smiles after the swearing-in ceremony for his new cabinet at the government palace in Lima, Peru. The Peruvian Congress unleashed a political crisis on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 after denying its support for Vizcarra’s cabinet, so the 20 ministers will have to resign and the president must form a new team.

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The Peruvian Congress unleashed a political crisis on Tuesday after denying its support to the cabinet of President Martín Vizcarra, so that the 20 ministers will have to resign and the president must form a new team.

The 130 parliamentarians have been meeting since Monday in a long session and at dawn on Tuesday, 54 denied him confidence, 37 granted it and 34 abstained.

In Peru, the cabinets must be presented to Parliament during the first month of their administration so that the Legislative can grant their support and then be able to continue exercising the office.

The ministerial cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano, had started its management on July 15.

According to the constitution, after the lack of support from the Caterian Congress, he must present his resignation like the other 19 ministers. The president will have to assemble a new team in the next two days.




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