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Peru Lifts State of Emergency in Most of Country

President Alejandro Toledo decided late Wednesday to lift the 30-day state of emergency imposed on May 27 except in three regions and a province where the Shining Path guerrillas operate, the government said. “The government decided … to extend the state of emergency in the regions of Ayacucho, Junin and Apurimac and the province of La Convencion in Cuzco,” a statement from the president’s office said. On May 27, Toledo imposed a state of emergency, a measure which places the military in control and suspends some constitutional rights, in a bid to quell a wave of strikes and protests that included the blockage of major highways. The measure, however, backfired when troops fired on a crowd of protesters defying the state of emergency in the southern city of Puno killing one student and wounding up to 100 others. Toledo’s approval rating of 11 percent stands at its lowest point in his two-year-old government. This week, his Cabinet ministers tendered their resignations to allow Toledo more room to maneuver in his efforts to restore credibility. Full Story

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