Peru’s Congress sacks PM over spying scandal

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Amid allegations of spying, Peru’s prime minister is being forced to step down after losing a vote of confidence in Congress. CCTV’s Dan Collyns filed this report from Lima.

Peru\'s Congress sacks PM over spying scandal

Peru\'s Congress sacks PM over spying scandal

Amid allegations of spying, Peru's prime minister is being forced to step down after losing a vote of confidence in Congress. CCTV's Dan Collyns filed this report from Lima.

Highlights:

  • Peru’s lawmakers voted to censure Prime Minister Ana Jara and for her entire government to resign, 72 in favor and 42 against and two abstained.
  • Those in favor say she failed to control Peru’s intelligence agency which is accused of spending years gathering information on leading figures in business and politics.
  • Jara denies any wrongdoing and says she overhauled the agency, which answers to the prime minister.
  • The president faces an unfriendly Congress and a dwindling approval rating, around 25 percent this year.