Peru's Humala approval rating suffers as conflicts flare

July 16, 2012 04:32

LIMA - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala's approval rating fell to a fresh low in July, a year since he took office as concern grows over his handling of increasingly violent social conflicts, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

Humala's popularity fell 5 percentage points for a second consecutive month to 40 percent, while the number of respondents who said they disapproved of his administration rose to 51 percent, according to the Ipso Apollo survey.

Peru is a leading global metals supplier, but the push to develop its mineral riches has triggered dozens of conflicts due to fears over potential environmental damage and opposition from local residents who want a bigger share of the windfall.

Deadly violence in protests against Newmont $5 billion Conga mine prompted calls for Humala to reshuffle his Cabinet earlier this month.

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