Peru Posible Party Backs Foreign Affairs Minister, Blocking Censure Motion

The opposition party Peru Posible said it is satisfied with the government’s explanation for President Ollanta Humala’s layover in Paris last week, saving the Foreign Affairs minister from a censure motion.

Peru Posible spokesman Jose Leon said the party is satisfied with an apology given by Vice President Marisol Espinoza.

“Peru Posible accepts with pleasure, with modesty and with a lot of satisfaction what Marisol Espinoza has expressed,” Leon said, according to daily El Comercio.

The other opposition parties in Peru’s Congress had said they would support a censure motion against Foreign Affairs Minister Eda Rivas, who they held responsible for President Humala’s unscheduled meeting with French President Francois Hollande.

The vote against Rivas was expected to be held on Monday.

President Humala, Minister Rivas and other government officials had denied any wrongdoing in the President’s meeting with Hollande.

Humala met with Hollande during a layover in Paris on his return flight to Peru from Indonesia. Humala had received authorization from Congress to travel to Thailand for free trade negotiations, and to Indonesia for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, but he had not requested nor did he have authorization to visit Hollande in France. The authorization is required under Peruvian law.

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