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New Peruvian Prime Minister Sworn in

Peru's former finance minister has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister, following a cabinet reshuffle and the country's worst political crisis in four years.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes the post less than a week after former Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero resigned in protest over President Alejandro Toledo's appointment of a controversial political ally as foreign minister.

On Sunday, an opinion poll indicated that Mr. Toledo's approval rating had plummeted to eight percent following last week's appointment of Fernando Olivera.

Mr. Olivera stepped down after just two days as foreign minister, but his appointment had already prompted the resignation of President Toledo's cabinet.

In his first full day in office Wednesday, Mr. Kuczynski will help greet U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who is expected in the nation to discuss regional issues.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.