Peru moved closer to returning to civilian rule when the first deputies of the new congress were sworn in at a ceremony in Lima on Tuesday (10 June).
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SV President Fernando Belaunde Terry and others arriving and entering Congress
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Background: Peru moved closer to returning to civilian rule when the first deputies of the new congress were sworn in at a ceremony in Lima on Tuesday (10 June). Last month the country held its first general election for 17 years, bringing back to power President-elect Fernando Belaunde Terry, who was ousted by a military coup 12 years ago. Mr. Belaunde's party, Popular Action, won forty six per cent of the vote.
SYNOPSIS: The Popular Action Party will have a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, although it is two seats short of an overall majority in the Senate. Its closest rival is the leftist Popular Revolutionary Alliance.
The ceremony proclaiming the deputies attracted a large crowd, who were hoping to catch a glimpse of the new president, who will be sworn in at a special ceremony on July 28. Mr. Belaunde, aged 63, has a brother, Francisco Belaunde among the 180 deputies who have been elected.
All the three leading political groups were consulted during the formation of Mr. Belaunde's cabinet. Three government jobs were offered to the Popular Revolutionary Alliance and two to the Popular Christian Party. Mr. Belaunde said he gave his defeated rivals a change to participate in his government in an effort to promote what he called "national concorde" during an economic crisis. He is also expected to put top military officers in charge of the Air Force, Army and Navy ministries in a bid to placate the retiring military.