Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Cabinet Definitions: Reuters reports that the Toledo government's "junior coalition parter," the Frente Moralizador Independiente, is withdrawing from the Toledo cabinet and, presumably, from further cabinet consideration. (It currently runs two Ministries). While the party's leader Fernando Olivera made the change after conferring with the president, the Toledo government "has been under opposition pressure to ditch the FIM as he strives to muster cross-party approval for a new Cabinet he hopes to unveil next week." The article includes ultimatums for Toledo, quotes from Fernando Rospigliosi and Alvaro Rojas, and states that APRA "has flatly refused so far even to discuss candidates for a new cabinet, saying the government has not yet distanced itself from corruption." Olivera gets to keep his job and title in Madrid.
ALSO: The Financial Times declares that Toledo "considers cabinet shake-up" in their report from Santiago. The piece suggests another ministerial resignation (at the Ministry of Labor) and includes quotes on AGarcia and AFujimori. The print New York Times offers a paragraph (by Juan Forero in the 'America's Briefing' column) focused on APRA declaring "it would not take part in a new cabinet." The Voice of America (using AP and Reuters text and photo) headlines "Peru's President Reshuffles Cabinet" but inside only reports that "Mr. Toledo is expected to unveil the new cabinet next week."

Bank Definitions: The Washington Post's diplomatic reporter writes up that Beatriz Merino "will join the World Bank as a tax specialist, serving as a consultant to countries needing advice on tax issues." Who provides the news? None other than a World Bank Senior Vice-President .... Roberto Dañino. After reporting on the Peruvian civilians, the story relates that Eduardo Ferrero has been appointed (but not yet accredited) as the new Peruvian Ambassador to the USA. Somehow, the story repeats this questionable line: "Before coming to office, Toledo also worked at the World Bank."

UFO in Peru? Russia's Pravda headlines this: "UFO rams the Andes." The piece explores whether a meteorite was the "bright object" that shook southern Peru on February 2. "Witnesses claim they heard major explosion and noticed smoke," but the University of San Agustin's Armando Antonio Salinas Sánchez (at the Geophysical Institute) suggests there was no earthquake. But not to worry: "A team of scientists has been sent to the place of the mysterious crash. (In Spanish, Reuters and 24 HORAS confirm the story.)

Micro Econ: Just-Style reports on "textile and apparel exports up 21%" in 2003 and suggests that the "positive result was primarily due to an increase in exports to the United States under the Andean Trade Preference Act."

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