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Peruvian President appoints former Economy Minister, Mercedes Aráoz Fernández, as new PM

Mercedes Araoz, who was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Peru by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has earlier served the country as its economy minister between 2006 and 2011 under the administration of President Alan Garcia. The appointment came after two days of the no-confidence vote in which the entire cabinet was forced to resign.

Sep 18, 2017 10:54 IST
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The Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 18 September 2017 appointed a former Economy Minister Mercedes Aráoz Fernández as his new Prime Minister. The appointment came 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 an economy minister during part of the 2006-11 administration of President Alan Garcia.

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Araoz replaced Fernando Zavala, who lost the vote of confidence by lawmakers on 15 September 2017. The single-house congress is led by the opposition party of Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori and loser of a close 2016 presidential runoff election to Kuczynski. It was the first time under Peru's 1993 constitution that the legislature has taken such a step.

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About Mercedes Aráoz Fernández

• Born on 5 August 1961 in Lima, Mercedes Aráoz Fernández is a Peruvian economist, professor, politician and the current Second Vice President of Peru.

• She served as Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006 to July 2009.

• In April 2016, Aráoz was elected as Congresswoman for 2016–2021.

• In June 2016, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was elected as President of Peru and Aráoz as the second vice president.

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