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Peru's Congress renews confidence in Vizcarra's cabinet

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Peru's Congress renews confidence in Vizcarra's cabinet

Peru's Congress renews confidence in Vizcarra's cabinet
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LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's opposition-run Congress renewed its confidence in the cabinet of President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday, averting a political crisis that could have forced new legislative elections.

The 82-22 vote in favour of Vizcarra commits Congress to passing his judicial and political reforms, and marks a rare victory over the conservative opposition party that controls the single-chamber legislature.

Vizcarra called for a vote of confidence late on Sunday to force passage of legislation to curb graft and rebuild trust in public institutions following back-to-back scandals in recent years.

Under Peru's constitution, a vote of no-confidence would have forced Vizcarra to replace his entire cabinet, but he would have been allowed to call new legislative elections.

(Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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