Peruvian President appointed former economy minister as New PM

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (L) and new Economy Minister Fernando Zavala attends the swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in Lima, Peru June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Vastavam web: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appointed a former economy minister as his new prime minister today, two days after a no-confidence vote by the opposition-led congress forced the entire Cabinet to resign.Mercedes Araoz, who is also a lawmaker and one of Peru’s two vice presidents, is the new chief minister in a reconstituted Cabinet. She served as economy minister during part of the 2006-11 administration of President Alan Garcia.All 19 ministers in the previous Cabinet were forced to resign under Peru’s constitution because of the no-confidence vote. Kuczynski reappointed six of the 19 ministers in the previous Cabinet.
The upheaval forced the president to cancel a trip to participate in this week’s meeting of the UN General Assembly.Kuczynski was to have met with US President Donald Trump, along with the presidents of Brazil and Colombia, during the trip to New York.The no-confidence vote followed a heated debate in which lawmakers insulted Zavala and called for Peru’s education minister to resign over her handling of a 60-day strike by teachers.