Latin America & Caribbean

Peru president works out with cabinet in public

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and most of his cabinet have surprised bystanders by beginning their first weekly meeting with a short exercise session in the square outside the government palace in Lima.

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President Kuczynski (top right), who is 77, was seen in sports clothing working out to loud electronic music alongside his younger ministers with the help of two instructors.

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"We want to promote health, a healthy mind and a healthy body," Mr Kuczynski told reporters.

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Minister of Health Patricia Garcia said the session would happen every week and was designed to encourage Peruvians to exercise for health and to reduce obesity.

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Two ministers were missing, including Education Minister Jaime Saavedra, who arrived in a suit and tie and joked that he would indeed encourage physical education during his administration.

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Absent also was Minister of Agriculture Jose Manuel Hernandez Calderon, who arrived on crutches after damaging his leg.

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