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Peru leader’s rating falls amid battle with opposition
July 18, 2017
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LIMA: The approval rating of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski fell this month amid a bitter political battle with the opposition that saw the resignation of his economy minister, according to a poll released on Sunday.

Kuczynski’s approval rating fell to 34 per cent in July from 39 per cent in June, while his disapproval rating rose to 58 per cent from 51 per cent last month, the monthly poll conducted by Ipsos Peru and published in local newspaper El Comercio showed.

In late June, Congress - dominated by defeated right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori’s Popular Force party - forced Economy Minister Alberto Thorne to resign over allegations he improperly interfered in an airport contract, dealing a blow to Kuczynski’s business-friendly administration. Thorne has denied any wrongdoing.

“The fall in popular support for could have many reasons, among them Alfredo Thorne’s exit from the economy ministry,” Ipsos Peru President Alfredo Torres said.

Kuczynski, a former Wall Street banker who took office almost one year ago, has seen his approval rating decline from a peak of 63 per cent in September amid a graft probe related to Brazilian builder Odebrecht and concerns over the airport contract.

Last week, Kuczynski met with Fujimori - the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori - to try to smooth over differences. Some 72 per cent of respondents thought the meeting between the two leaders was positive for the country.

Reuters

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