Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara wins vote of confidence

Ruling party Gana Peru lends support and confidence motion is achieved

Photo: ANDINA/Norman Córdova.

Photo: ANDINA/Norman Córdova.

12:39 | Lima, Aug. 26.

Prime Minister, Ana Jara Velasquez, and her cabinet won a decisive vote of confidence from Peru's Congress Tuesday, halting the political turmoil and bringing stability to the Ollanta Humala administration.

Debate on motion kicked off on Tuesday at 10:00 local time at congress' headquarters in the nation's capital Lima where faction leaders discussed the specific policies to which the Government would be committed as there was no indication of how the confidence motion would be phrased.

Thus, throughout the weeklong parliamentary debate that led up to today's third round of ballot, Ana Jara got the highest number of votes by receiving a backing of 55 legislators, while opposition parties mustered 54 votes, and 11 members abstained. 

It was a minimum margin of victory which came on the heels of one week of debate and constant heckling. 

The margin of one vote was casted by the Chief of Peru’s Legislature, Ana Maria Solorzano, who made use of her attributions and secured Jara in the charge of the top political post as President Humala’s sixth premier since taking office in July 2011.

The head of State said in a statement, "The Government has not at any time ceased to work and we will keep doing it. We are pleased that now Congress can resume its regular working agenda".

He added, "It is time to turn the page on and keep working".


Published: 8/26/2014
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