Peru’s first woman prime minister resigned on Monday after being asked to by President Toledo. Beatriz Merino resigned after less than six months in the job. According to Reuters, Merino said she had been a victim of a smear campaign.
Merino is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a Fulbright scholar, and holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School. She passed legislation to increase women’s political participation as well as a bill that changed the law for rapists or a gang of rapists to go free if one of them was married to the victim.
Merino stated in an interview that she never liked the idea of a man dominating her and wanted to “co-govern” with Toledo, reports Reuters. Merino’s resignation comes at a time when Toldeo’s approval ratings had begun to slip due to his performance in creating jobs and fighting poverty.