LIMA: Lawmakers in Peru on Monday threw out a controversial labor law that would have given young adults fewer benefits, an idea that had sparked huge protests against President Ollanta Humala.
The law would have reduced benefits such as bonuses and vacation for those aged 18-24, but Humala said it would help move more younger people into the work force.
However, the plan enraged even many of his supporters and sent thousands into the streets marching against the law and Humala in recent months. About 4,000 people followed the voting from outside the legislature.
“They have slashed, and cut back on, and not even recognized young people’s rights,” lawmaker Johnny Lescano argued.
In the end, of 91 lawmakers, just 18 voted in favor of the bill and five abstained.
Humala, whose approval rating is in the 20s, cancelled a planned trip overseas after the defeat.