Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating rose this month for the first time since September after he calmed anti-mining protests and changed his Cabinet, a poll showed.
Humala’s approval rating rose 2 percentage points to 50 percent from December, according to the poll by Datum Internacional, which was published in Lima-based newspaper Peru21 today.
Humala’s rating had fallen from 70 percent in September after protests against Newmont Mining Corp.’s Minas Conga gold mine expansion in the northern Andes turned violent. The president imposed a state of emergency in the area for 11 days last month and replaced 10 of his ministers to speed up the resolution of the protests. He also ordered an international review of the project. Humala took office July 28.
Of those questioned, 49 percent said the Minas Conga expansion should go ahead as planned or with changes while 33 percent were opposed to the project, said Datum.
The company questioned 1,204 people from Jan. 5-8 and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
According to the poll, 53 percent said Humala should pardon former President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations, compared with 49 percent last month.
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