Vote of Censure

31 January 2005

A motion, against prime minister Carlos Ferrero and defence minister Roberto Chiabra, was voted on in congress last week, faulting them for not heeding warnings and failing to prevent the recent uprising in Andahuaylas. The vote came only a week after Javier Reategui, the interior minister, resigned following the rebellion that demanded Mr Toledo's resignation. If successful, the congressional vote would have forced out both the ministers. However, neither ministers were voted out, and they remain in office.With his sister under house arrest in connection to the forgery of signatures and his first lady, Elaine Karp, under investigation over alleged misuse of World Bank funds, Toledo's popularity seems to be at an all time low. In fact, a poll in the Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio, recently put his rating among Limeños at 8%.

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