Latin American Weekly Report

04/06/2020 - Knives out for Peru’s prime minister despite winning confidence vote

Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra celebrated the congressional vote of confidence obtained by his prime minister, Vicente Zeballos, on 29 May. Vizcarra said that “reason and the willingness to work for Peru” had prevailed among deputies who voted by 89-35 with four abstentions to back Zeballos and his ministerial cabinet. But the bald figures do not tell the whole story. Most of the deputies who voted in favour of Zeballos, after a marathon session of more than 17 hours that finished in the early hours of the morning, did so on sufferance rather than with enthusiasm. There was no shortage of deputies who voted for him to avoid the charge of causing a political crisis in the midst of a health crisis ­- but called for him to resign.

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