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Peru Leader Names Ex-Central Bank Official as Economy Chief

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(Bloomberg) — Peru’s new President Dina Boluarte named a US-educated economist who has spent most of his career at the central bank as economy minister, as she tries to restore calm after the turmoil of recent days.

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Alex Contreras was deputy economy minister under former President Pedro Castillo, who was ousted on Dec. 7. Contreras worked at the central bank between 2007 and 2019, according to his resume on the ministry’s website. He has also taught Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, Statistics and Econometrics in local universities.

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Boluarte is trying to seek allies and establish her authority after the chaos triggered by Castillo’s attempt to dissolve congress. Peru’s stocks, bonds and currency initially slumped as the constitutional crisis unfolded, then rebounded when Castillo was impeached and then arrested hours…

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