Cabinet Resigns Over Corruption Scandal

30 November 2008

In October, President García's entire cabinet resigned following a corruption scandal surrounding the granting of oil concessions which implicated members of the APRA party. Allegations arose when audio tapes surfaced in which oil executive Alberto Quimper of the state energy agency, Perúpetro, and APRA member Rómulo León Alegría were discussing payoffs related to new oil concessions. Following the resignations, popular leftwing regional governor of Lambayeque Yehude Simon was appointed prime minister. García's choice has been interpreted as a move to regain public trust as well as to reconcile his party with Peru's disenchanted leftwing parties and unions since his approval ratings dropped to an unprecedented low over the past weeks.

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