Latin American Weekly Report

02/09/2021 - Peru’s Castillo granted confidence…up to a point

The first set-piece confrontation between Peru’s new left-wing administration and its largely right-leaning congress ended on 27 August, with victory for President Pedro Castillo, whose government won a critical vote of confidence. But challenges to the government’s ministerial team are ongoing, and Peruvian politics remain volatile.

Under Peru’s constitution, new governments must win an initial vote of confidence in their policies and ministerial choices from the legislature. It took marathon sessions spread over two days in order for the government to obtain the requisite positive vote. The government needed the support of 66 out of 130 members of congress to win. In the end the vote was 73 for, and 50 against, with no abstentions.

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