Latin American Weekly Report

06/08/2020 - Peru’s congress triggers political crisis in showdown with Vizcarra

Peru’s congress tipped the country into another political crisis on 4 August by denying a vote of confidence in the prime minister, Pedro Cateriano, and his cabinet. The vote compels Cateriano to resign, along with his full cabinet, just 19 days after assuming the position. President Martín Vizcarra, whose tenure has been defined by confrontation with congress, accused deputies of putting narrow private interests above the national interest, creating deep political uncertainty in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which is exacting a heavy toll on Peru in terms of loss of lives and economic damage.

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