Peru's Castillo swears in new minister as he awaits Cabinet confirmation vote in Congress

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Pedro Castillo, president of Peru, arrives for the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly successful New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LIMA, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Peruvian left-wing President Pedro Castillo swore successful a caller interior curate successful complaint of nationalist information connected Thursday, arsenic helium awaits a cardinal ballot successful Congress connected whether to corroborate a caller Cabinet, his 2nd successful 3 months successful office.

The caller interior minister, Avelino Guillen, is simply a erstwhile authoritative known for having successfully prosecuted erstwhile President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a situation condemnation for quality rights violations.

Guillen replaces Luis Barranzuela who resigned aft allegedly hosting a enactment connected Halloween, portion the authorities had banned societal gatherings.

The Cabinet is headed by Mirtha Vasquez, a mean near person and lawyer. Peru's archetypal Cabinet collapsed past period amid governmental instability and threats from erstwhile Prime Minister Guido Bellido to nationalize the country's earthy state sector.

Castillo's presidency, and the Marxist-Leninist enactment that backed him, has spooked investors and sent Peru's currency to grounds lows. His caller Cabinet is wide seen arsenic trying to mean his administration's stance.

But it is unclear whether the opposition-led Congress volition corroborate the caller Cabinet, partially due to the fact that Castillo has distanced himself from his Peru Libre party, with immoderate members accusing him of a right-wing crook and announcing they volition cull the Cabinet.

The Peru Libre enactment has 37 seats retired of the 130-member Congress.

Keiko Fujimori, the person of the governmental question archetypal created by her begetter Alberto, has besides suggested her enactment volition ballot against the confirmation vote. Her enactment has 24 seats.

Peru besides faces a spate of societal unrest against the cardinal mining sector, which astir precocious triggered the suspension of accumulation astatine the country's largest copper mine, Antamina, connected Sunday. Antamina is jointly owned by Glencore (GLEN.L) and BHP Billiton

Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer, aft Chile.

Reporting by Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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