LIMA – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swore in Pedro Cateriano as new prime minister and shuffled other Cabinet posts, just days after Congress censured former Premier Ana Jara over an espionage scandal.
Cateriano, who had been Peru’s defense minister since July 2012 and was sworn in on Thursday, is the seventh prime minister Humala has appointed since taking office in mid-2011.
Humala decided to name a new foreign minister and a new head of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry after all of the Cabinet ministers were forced to submit their resignations in the wake of the no-confidence vote.
Ana Maria Sanchez was sworn in as new foreign minister, while Jakke Valakvi took over the Defense Ministry, replacing Cateriano, and Gustavo Adrianzen took his oath as new justice minister.
Humala decided to keep the remaining ministers at their current posts.
Congress on Monday censured Jara after finding her responsible for not reigning in the DINI national intelligence agency. The move came after media reports that the agency had been illegally spying on hundreds of public figures; politicians, including officials in the current administration; business leaders; and journalists.
The opposition-controlled Congress censured Jara after refusing to accept her explanation that she had taken steps to investigate the DINI’s long track record of illegal spying.
Humala on Tuesday slammed the censure motion and said that those who approved it “had no moral authority” to accuse Jara of irregularities in her probe into the alleged illegal surveillance.