June 10, 2009 / 7:49 PM / in 10 years

Peru Congress votes to suspend divisive land laws

LIMA, June 10 (Reuters) - Peru’s Congress voted on Wednesday to temporarily suspend two land laws that ignited violent clashes between protesters and police last week, killing 60.

The laws, decreed by Peruvian President Alan Garcia under special powers Congress gave him to implement a free-trade pact with the United States, outline a broad plan for how to regulate investment in the Amazon.

Several other recent Garcia decrees on foreign investment remain in place.

Garcia has 15 days to either sign the suspension order or send it back to Congress, which can override his veto. (Reporting by Dana Ford; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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