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Report: Peru prime minister to be replaced as new president seeks consensus

Peru's incoming president, Martin Vizcarra, plans to replace the Latin American nation's prime minister as he seeks to form a consensus government and bring more stability, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to Vizcarra.

Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz, who supported outgoing president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in his fight against two impeachment cases, will remain in her other post as vice president. The two sources and a third source reportedly said Vizcarra will ask political and civil society groups to weigh in on important decisions, starting with a new cabinet as he seeks to restore credibility in institutions.

Kuczynski on March 21 submitted his resignation to Congress following vote-buying allegations against his center-right government. Vizcarra will be sworn in as president on March 23.

Meanwhile, Moody's said the uncertainty from the impeachment process may have adversely affected the country's economic activity prior to Kuczynski's resignation. The rating agency, however, expects broad policy continuity.