LIMA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Peru's president asked for the resignation Saturday of the country's prime minister and the rest of the cabinet, the BBC reported.
Beatriz Merino, Peru's first woman prime minister, and the entire cabinet were asked to resign by President Alejandro Toledo, over a disagreement with her about several key cabinet appointments last month.
Merino was visiting the United States and is expected to return Sunday.
A statement by the president's office said a new cabinet would be sworn in on Merino's return.
The move comes after days of sustained criticism of the prime minister in the news media.
The prime minister currently enjoys approval ratings of over 50 percent, compared with under 20 percent for President Toledo, the BBC said.