Peru's Congress gives vote of confidence to the new cabinet

The new ministerial cabinet of the leftist President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, got on Thursday a crucial vote of trust in Congress that allows him to remain in f

Peru's Congress
 gives
 vote of confidence
 to
 the new
 cabinet

The new ministerial cabinet of the leftist President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, got on Thursday a crucial vote of trust in Congress that allows him to remain in function, closing a month of uncertainty.

After two days of acrimonious debate you , Congress dominated by the right-wing opposition gave confidence to the cabinet appointed by Castillo on October 6 , headed by attorney Mirtha Vásquez , with 68 votes in favor , 56 against and one abstention. "We are grateful and humbly take this vote ," said Vasquez , 46, of the moderate wing of the government alliance Castle , in power since 28 July.

Part of the hard wing of the ruling turned his back to the government. 16 legislators of the group , including the former chief of staff Castillo, Guido Bellido , voted to deny trust.

The cabinet headed by Vasquez, 19 members , is the second appointed by Castillo in 100 days in office and functions needed to keep the support of the Congress , as the Constitution stipulates .

Approval of confidence acquiesced after replacing Luis Barranzuela as Minister of the Interior , who resigned on Tuesday, less than a month in office after strong criticism for making a house party in violation of a ban aimed at preventing contagion of Covid -19 .

Vásquez had asked for the vote of trust to Congress on 25, but that day the session was abruptly suspended by the death of a leftist legislator who had not attended the plenary session. The discussion resumed this Thursday morning and voted at night. The request for confidence required 66 votes in favor of a fragmented congress, where the official party, Peru Free (Marxist), is the first minority with 37 of the 130 benches, although the division shown is a sign of government weakness.

Having been rejected trust, Castillo had to restructure his cabinet and appoint a new chief of staff. Vasquez was appointed a month ago when Castillo fired Bellido , strongly questioned by contradicting the president, and six other ministers. In August, the president also changed chancellor.

Castillo narrowly defeated in a runoff in June to the rightist Keiko Fujimori , which raised fears of Peruvians a sharp turn toward socialism after decades of liberal policies. Uncertainty about the cabinet pushed up the price of the dollar, which again exceed 4 soles this week , after being in decline .

Updated Date: 09 November 2021, 00:00

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