Peru's Toledo Appoints New Comptroller
Genaro Matute has been named the new comptroller of Peru.
Matute is a friend and former business school colleague of
President Alejandro Toledo. Matute will be responsible for
keeping the state's financial books and monitoring public
spending. A congressional committee narrowly approved Matute to
the seven-year post, by a vote of 13 to 11. Opponents say he
lacks a university degree and experience, which Matute denies,
and was nominated because of his relationship with the
president. But supporters say Matute, who is dean of the
Superior School for Business Administration in Peru, where
Toledo used to teach, met the legal and professional criteria
for the job. Shortly after he was elected, Toledo promised to
allow the opposition to appoint a new comptroller. Matute
replaces Carmen Higaona, a friend of former President Alberto
Fujimori, who was dismissed from her post by legislators who
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