Peruvian president picks new cabinet

Marco Aquino
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New Peruvian president Francisco Sagasti has unveiled his cabinet, appointing a constitutional lawyer as prime minister as the government seeks to tamp down angry protests.

The new government was formed a day after liberal centrist Sagasti was sworn into office after a tumultuous week that saw the departure of two presidents and marches in the street that were marred by the deaths of two young protesters.

Sagasti appointed Violeta Bermudez, a legal expert on vulnerable populations and gender politics, to head the cabinet of 18 ministers.

Waldo Mendoza, an economist with a background in tax oversight, will oversee the economy portfolio.

The appointment of Sagasti, after his conservative predecessor Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday, has helped calm protests and ease jittery markets.

Peru, the world's second largest producer of copper, is headed for its worst economic contraction in a century after being hit by one of the world's deadliest per capita outbreaks of COVID-19.

There are new elections planned for April 2021.