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Peru's Kuczynski weighs cabinet reshuffle after Fujimori pardon

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is considering reshuffling his cabinet in the coming days after triggering public outcry by pardoning former strongman Alberto Fujimori, Reuters reported, citing Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz.

Kuczynski survived an impeachment effort Dec. 22 after the opposition fell short of the votes needed to remove him from office following a corruption scandal. Opponents said he was saved by Fujimori loyalists. Two days after the impeachment vote, Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori, throwing the metal-exporting country into another period of volatility. Culture minister Salvador del Solar handed in his resignation following the pardon, the BBC reported.

In a press conference Dec. 27, Araoz denied claims that the government struck a deal with the opposition to free Fujimori in exchange for keeping the president in power.

The reshuffle could bring a rightward turn for Kuczynski's government after his left-leaning allies slammed him for pardoning the authoritarian leader, Reuters suggested. There was no indication that Kuczynski will replace Finance Minister Claudia Cooper, the news service said, citing a government source.