Peru's Castillo swears in new prime minister in bid to calm political instability

# 07 October 2021 07:10 (UTC +04:00)

Peru's President Pedro Castillo swore in Mirtha Vasquez, a left-wing former head of Congress, as prime minister on Wednesday, replacing her predecessor who resigned after two months in the job, as the administration grapples with political instability, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The move keeps Castillo, a member of a Marxist-Leninist party, on the left of the political spectrum. But it moderates his cabinet overall. Castillo kept center-left Economy Minister Pedro Francke in the role, and named a new energy & mines minister, Eduardo Gonzalez Toro.

Mining is a key industry for Peru, which is the world's second-biggest copper producer after neighboring Chile. Castillo has said he wants to increase tax revenue from the sector to fund social programs.