March 23, 2018 / 7:13 PM / a month ago

Peru's new president vows fight against graft, calls for unity

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s new president, Martin Vizcarra, promised on Friday his government would fight corruption “head on” after his predecessor resigned mired in scandal, and called for the country to come together to push past the political crisis.

Vice President Martin Vizcarra gestures, as he is sworn in as Peru's President, at the congress building in Lima, Peru, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

In a speech before Peru’s opposition-controlled Congress after being sworn in, Vizcarra said he would form a completely new cabinet and that no branch of government should trample another.

Vizcarra was Peru’s first vice president and ambassador to Canada before arriving in Lima early on Friday to replace former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned this week in the face of near-certain impeachment.

Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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