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  • President Martin Vizcarra (C) and the new members of his cabinet, Lima, Peru, Feb. 13.

    President Martin Vizcarra (C) and the new members of his cabinet, Lima, Peru, Feb. 13. | Photo: EFE

Published 14 February 2020

At least four officials left their positions due to their involvement in the Brazilian company case.

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra Thursday swore in new members of his cabinet after several ministers resigned due to their relations with Brazil's construction company Odebretch, which is accused of using bribes to secure public works contracts.

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The new Vizcarra administration officials are as Transport Minister Carlos Losada, Justice Minister Fernando Castañeda, Energy Minister Susana Vilca, and Education Minister Pablo Martin Benavides.

Among those officials who no longer belong to the government are former Energy and Mines Minister Juan Carlos Liu, who had a reunion with Odebretch representatives and was related to the company; and Transportation Minister Edmer Trujillo, who is related to payments for more than US$12,000.

Former Justice Ana Revilla also presented her official renounce after she was accused of coordinate meetings between Carlos Liu and the Brazilian company.

According to local outlets, President Vizcarra and the Cabinet leader Vicente Zeballos arrived at the Government Palace to find a solution to the ministerial crisis.

On Thursday, the ministers were urgently summoned to Lima, which forced some to leave their activities outside the Peruvian capital. Among them was former Education Minister Flor Pablo. 

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