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Peru Congress Ousts Interior Ministers Over Riots - 2004-05-06

Peruvian lawmakers have censured the nation's interior minister - effectively removing him from office - over accusation he mishandled a riot in a southern town last month that led to the killing of a mayor.

Peru's Congress voted Wednesday 62 to 39 with six abstentions to censure Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi. Peruvian officials say such a vote obligates a government official to resign.

Opposition members accused Mr. Rospigliosi of acting too slowly to respond to riots in the town of Ilave near Lake Titicaca.

The town's mostly indigenous Aymara people had been protesting local government corruption. They broke into a town council meeting and seized the town's mayor Cirilo Fernando Robles April 26. The mob dragged him through the streets and beat him to death after his repeated refusals to resign because of alleged corruption.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.