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Woman Named as Prime Minister

From Times Wire Reports

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, beset by a popularity rating of 11%, named a new Cabinet and placed a woman at the helm for the first time in the Andean country’s history.

Beatriz Merino, 54, was sworn in as premier six days after Prime Minister Luis Solari and the Cabinet resigned. A wave of social protests, a monthlong strike by teachers and the resurgence of guerrilla activity pushed Toledo’s popularity to a record low.


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