Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peru's Humala Lifts Party Activists in Cabinet Shake-Up

Peru's President Ollanta Humala named his sixth prime minister in three years on Tuesday in a surprise cabinet reshuffle that elevated two core members of his ruling party after an embarrassing political scandal. Humala, a former military officer whose popularity is at one of its lowest levels since assuming power in July of 2011, made outgoing labor minister Ana Jara his new prime minister in an official ceremony late on Tuesday.

Jara is widely known as a close colleague of the president and the influential First Lady Nadine Heredia - the head of Humala's nationalist party - and has been one of the couple's most outspoken defenders since joining the cabinet in late 2011. Humala also swore in Fredy Otarola, the president of Congress and the secretary general of the ruling party, as the new labor minister.

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