Kuczynski Appoints New Peru Cabinet After Clash With Congress

BloombergPeru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski reshuffled his cabinet and turned to his vice president, Mercedes Araoz, to lead the ministerial team after Araoz’s predecessor received a no-confidence vote from Congress.

Araoz, a governing-party lawmaker, was sworn in as cabinet chief during a ceremony Sunday at the presidential palace in Lima to replace Fernando Zavala. Deputy Economy Minister Claudia Cooper was named finance minister, a post Zavala had also held since June. Kuczynski also appointed new education, justice, health and housing ministers.

Peru’s entire cabinet was forced to resign after Zavala lost a Sept. 15 confidence vote he’d called to stop the opposition-controlled Congress from forcing out a fourth minister in less than a year. …



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