Peru President Humala’s Approval Rating Falls to 48%, Poll Says

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating dropped nine percentage points after he declared a state of emergency to quell protests in the northern Andes and removed 10 ministers from his cabinet, a poll showed.

Humala, who formed a new cabinet Dec. 11 to speed up the resolution of anti-mining protests, had a 48 percent approval rating in the poll by researcher Datum Internacional, compared with 57 percent a month ago and 66 percent in October.

Datum questioned people from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, according to the website of Lima-based newspaper Peru21, which published the poll. The newspaper didn’t say how many people the company questioned or give the poll’s margin of error.

Of those questioned, 40 percent approved of the new cabinet, according to Datum. A Datum survey conducted Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 and also published by Peru21 today, showed 68 percent of those questioned said Humala should make ministerial changes.

Humala lifted today the state of emergency, which affected four provinces of the Cajamarca region, after local political leaders suspended their protests against Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM)’s $4.8 billion gold mine expansion and agreed to talks with the government.

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