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Peru's Defense Minister Cateriano Named Prime Minister

  • Reuters

Peru's President Ollanta Humala (L) and new Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano greet the audience during the swearing-in ceremony of new members of his cabinet at the government palace in Lima, April 2, 2015.

Peru's President Ollanta Humala (L) and new Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano greet the audience during the swearing-in ceremony of new members of his cabinet at the government palace in Lima, April 2, 2015.

Peru's president named Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano as prime minister on Thursday, replacing Ana Jara, who was thrown out of office by Congress earlier this week amid allegations of corruption.

A survivor of the cabinet shakeup was Alonso Segura, Peru's market-friendly economy minister. His task this year is to attract investment to the country's key mining sector as a way of arresting the country's economic slowdown.

Cateriano, a 56-year-old lawyer, had been defense minister for almost three years. Known for taking a hard-line with the opposition, his becoming prime minister may do little to improve President Ollanta Humala's already difficult relationship with Peru's 130-member, unicameral Congress.

His predecessor, Jara, lost a confidence vote in Congress following allegations of spying on her opponents. It was the latest in a series of political blows absorbed in recent months by Humala, whose approval rating has hovered around 25 percent this year, according to polling firm Ipsos Peru.

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