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Harvard-Trained Alva Becomes Finance Chief in New Peru Cabinet

  • President Vizcarra swore in new team after dissolving congress
  • Congress rejected last cabinet, triggering dissolution Monday
President Martin Vizcarra, left, poses with new Economy Ministry Maria Alva, after her swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in Lima on Oct. 3.

President Martin Vizcarra, left, poses with new Economy Ministry Maria Alva, after her swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in Lima on Oct. 3.

Photographer: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

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Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra swore in a new ministerial team on Thursday as he prepares to govern without political opposition after dissolving Congress earlier this week.

Maria Antonieta Alva, a 34-year old Harvard graduate who previously oversaw the national budget at the Finance Ministry, was appointed Finance Minister, replacing Carlos Oliva. Vizcarra changed more than half of his 19-member cabinet, including Energy & Mines and Foreign Ministers.