Peru’s Economy Minister survives censure motion

Peru’s Minister of Economy and Finance Maria Antonieta Alva survived a censure motion in Congress, easing some of the pressure on President Martin Vizcarra days ahead of an impeachment vote in the same chamber. 

Maria Antonieta Alva won a reprieve after lawmakers voted against her removal over her handling of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“46 voted in favor, 73 against with 3 abstentions. Consequently, the motion of censure has been rejected,” Congress speaker Manuel Marino said after a five-hour debate. 

 A motion for the interpellation of Alva was approved by the Congress of Peru on 24 August 2020, with the motion describing economic measures taken by the government in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis as a “failure”. 

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