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Peru Prime Minister Ana Jara sacked over alleged domestic spying

The Peruvian Prime Minister was forced to step down over alleged spying against the lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and everyday citizens.

Apr 1, 2015 11:11 IST
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Prime Minister of Peru Ana Jara on 30 March 2015 was sacked after she lost the vote of confidence in Congress. Congress voted 72 to 42 to censure Jara, with two abstentions.

The Peruvian Prime Minister was forced to step down over alleged domestic spying. She was censured over media reports that the powerful National Intelligence Directorate (DINI) spied on politicians, journalists, business leaders and thousands of everyday citizens.

This is the first time in half a century that the Congress of Peru deposed a Prime Minister. It was the first such vote since 1963, and only the third in the past century.

Sacking of Jara as Prime Minister has created a situation of crisis for the present President Ollanta Humala. This is the biggest crisis of his Presidency since he took office in July 2011. Now, he will have to choose the seventh Prime Minister and Cabinet within 72 hours.

His nominee will require approval of the Congress in which he does not have a majority. If his choice is rejected than he will have to dissolve Congress and call for legislative elections as in Peru, the supreme executive power are held by the President.

 

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