Peru ratifies free trade pact with U.S.

In a 79-14 vote with six abstentions, the 120-member legislature approved the bilateral deal reached between Peru and Washington late last year and signed in April by President Alejandro Toledo's government.

The ratification received the full backing of President-elect Alan Garcia's 28-member Aprista party bloc.

Toledo's administration lobbied fiercely for ratification before Garcia is sworn in July 28 along with a new Congress, which will have a strong anti-free-trade bloc led by Ollanta Humala, who lost the June 4 presidential runoff to Garcia.

About two hours into the debate, several legislators-elect from Humala's nationalist alliance punched and kicked their way past security guards to gain the floor of Congress, pumping their fists in the air, waving placards and chanting anti-free-trade slogans, the AP reports.

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