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Support for Peru's president surges after battle with Congress

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Support for Peru's president surges after battle with Congress

Support for Peru's president surges after battle with Congress
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GUADALUPE PARDO(Reuters)
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LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra's approval rating shot up 16 points to a high of 61 percent in October, after he adopted a harder line with the opposition-run Congress, a monthly Ipsos poll showed on Sunday.

The public opinion survey, published in local newspaper El Comercio, was taken on Oct. 10-12, after Vizcarra threatened to dissolve Congress unless it passed his proposals for fighting entrenched graft in one of Latin America's most stable economies.

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Congress, where the unpopular conservative party Popular Force has a majority, approved the legislation last week.

Vizcarra took office in March to replace former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned in a graft scandal on the eve of his near-certain impeachment.

Little known in Peru when he was sworn in, Vizcarra has built support by responding to widespread anger at back-to-back graft scandals in Peru with a proposed overhaul of the country's judicial and political systems.

The Ipsos survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.77 percentage points.

(Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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