Peru's president names new cabinet

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-04 11:08:43|Editor: xuxin
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LIMA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra named a new cabinet on Thursday, after dissolving the opposition-run Congress to clear way for his anti-corruption efforts.

During a ceremony at government headquarters, Vizcarra swore in his new ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Defense Minister Walter Martos, and Economy and Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva.

Carlos Moran continues as minister of the interior, and Edgar Manuel Vasquez as head of the Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry.

The head of the cabinet, Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos, Peru's former minister of justice, was appointed on Monday.

Vizcarra's anti-corruption crusade is widely backed by Peruvians, who supported his move to dissolve Congress and start anew.

The crisis between the executive and legislative branches was sparked by a bill proposed by Vizcarra to curb corruption through caps on campaign finance and other reforms that legislators opposed.

Legislative elections have been scheduled for January.

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