August 11, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Peru: Politics: Financial Times: Peruís Toledo asks cabinet to quit

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Peruís Toledo asks cabinet to quit

Peruís Toledo asks cabinet to quit

Faced with a government revolt after his premier quit in protest at a new foreign minister, Peruís President Alejandro Toledo asked all his ministers to tender their resignations and would evaluate who would keep their jobs. President Alejandro Toledo of Peru was a language instructor for the Peace Corps in the 1960's.

Peruís Toledo asks cabinet to quit

Peruís Toledo asks cabinet to quit
LIMA, Peru, Aug 11 (Reuters) 8:50 AM

Faced with a government revolt after his premier quit in protest at a new foreign minister, Peruís President Alejandro Toledo asked all his ministers to tender their resignations and would evaluate who would keep their jobs.

ďIn a few weeks the deadline expires for those officials who have a legitimate right and aspiration to be candidates for public positions (in elections next year) to resign,Ē a serious-looking Toledo said in a brief statement to the media.

ďTo give them the necessary time to prepare, the president has asked the whole Cabinet to tender their resignations ... (and) will evaluate who will stay and who will not,Ē he added.

He made no mention of the resignations hours earlier of Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero and Housing and Construction Minister Carlos Bruce, who announced they had quit immediately after Toledo swore in his closest and most controversial ally as foreign minister.

The appointment of Fernando Olivera, with whom both men had publicly disagreed over a regional ruling legalizing some cultivation of the raw material for cocaine, sparked an avalanche of criticism among politicians and outraged members of the public who called radio shows to complain.

Toledoís approval rating has recently crept up to 14 percent but is likely to take another hit now.

He is barred by law from running in April 2006 elections and will leave office in July. But he needs to keep a firm grip on the country until then with signs public spending is rising too fast and more job and pay protests are brewing.

Under Peruís constitution, once a prime minister resigns all ministers must tender their resignations, but Toledo said he was trying to avoid more confusion ahead of the elections.

Peruís National Electoral Office said public officials seeking to run for Congress had to resign by Feb. 7. A previous deadline was October. Those wishing to run for president have until Jan. 8.

Olivera ran unsuccessfully against Toledo in 2001 elections but it was not clear whether he was seeking to run again.





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