EN­TIRE CAB­I­NET QUITS AF­TER VOTE OF NO CON­FI­DENCE

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

LIMA Peru­vian Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski’s en­tire cab­i­net has been forced to re­sign fol­low­ing a no­con­fi­dence vote Fri­day by the op­po­si­tion-led congress, throw­ing the coun­try into po­lit­i­cal tur­moil.

The pre- dawn vote fol­lowed a heated de­bate in which law­mak­ers in­sulted Kuczyn­ski’s prime min­is­ter and called for his ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter to re­sign due to her han­dling of a 60-day teach­ers’ strike. In­stead of ced­ing to the de­mand, Kuczyn­ski re­quested a vote of con­fi­dence in his en­tire cab­i­net, which he lost by a wide mar­gin.

It was the first time un­der Peru’s 1993 con­sti­tu­tion that the sin­gle-cham­ber leg­is­la­ture has taken such a step.

Kuczyn­ski was de­fi­ant, say­ing on Twit­ter that “we won’t give in … for the sake for the chil­dren, for Peru and for gov­ern­abil­ity.”

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