Peru's health minister informed Congress of her resignation. (Stock image. Credit: CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) -- The congressman of the Alliance for Progress party, Alejandro Soto, achieved on Wednesday the support to become the new president of the Congress of Peru for the period 2023-2024.

With a total of 77 votes, Soto will replace José Williams Zapata, of Avanza País, in this new legislative year.

In addition, parliamentarians Hernando Guerra (Fuerza Popular), Waldemar Cerrón (Perú Libre) and Rosselli Amuruz (Avanza País) were selected for the first, second and third vice presidency respectively.

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All were part of list 1, which brought together representatives of right-wing and far-left parties such as Free Peru, which brought Pedro Castillo to power in 2021.

After the appointment, Soto said that he has set himself the task of recovering the name and prestige of Congress, as well as continuing to fight firmly against corruption.


Peru's Congress is made up of 130 legislators.