The Peruvian Congress gave their vote of confidence to President Ollanta Humala on his new cabinet early Tuesday morning—Peru’s third cabinet under President Humala, who has one year in office remaining. After 10 hours of debate, 73 legislators voted in support of the new cabinet and 38 opposed it.
The debate largely focused on how the new cabinet will work to address the social conflicts that have plagued the country recently—specifically mining conflicts in Cajamarca—as well as security issues and budget expenditures to respond to increasing social demands.
The prime minister, Juan Jiménez, presented the potential cabinet members to Congress on Monday afternoon. The new cabinet members will have a significant role to play in the forthcoming months since many ministries plan still have yet to spend almost 80 percent of their budgets.