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    Peru Congress Deposes Prime Minister Amid Major Spying Scandal

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    The Peruvian Congress deposed the country's Prime Minister Ana Jara following reports of large-scale spying on politicians, lawmakers, businessmen and ordinary citizens in what is one of the gravest political crises in Peru in recent years.

    The scandal implicating the National Intelligence Directorate (DINI) broke out earlier this year. On March 19, Correo Semanal published a report accusing DINI of conducting a large-scale spying campaign, launched in 2005. In February, DINI was temporarily closed for reorganization to improve the agency's efficiency and accountability.

    Ana Jara became the first prime minister to be ousted by the Congress since 1968. Peru's President Ollanta Humala, who came to power in 2011, will now have to name a prime minister for the seventh time in four years.

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    spying, National Intelligence Directorate (DINI), Congress, Ana Jara Velásquez, Peru
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