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Peru's Congress appoints Francisco Sagasti as the next president
Francisco Sagasti
Francisco Sagasti Credit: Feria del Libro Ricardo Palma (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Peruvian lawmaker Francisco Sagasti is set to become the country's next interim president. The 76-year-old engineer, academic and former World Bank official is expected to be Peru's fourth president in less than five years -- and the second one in less than a week.

Activists, opposition parties and civil society groups who saw former President Martin Vizcarra's ouster as a legislative coup refused to recognize the new leader.

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Peru's interim President Manuel Merino resigns
President Manuel Merino
President Manuel Merino Credit: Congresso Peru

After thousands of protestors demanded his removal, Peru's interim President Manuel Merino resigned Sunday.

Protests began peacefully but grew more intense during the later hours of the day. Protestors and police have clashed, and according to witness, reports shots were fired by police.

Merino assumed the presidency on Tuesday after the opposition-dominated Congress voted to remove his predecessor Martin Vizcarra, over bribery allegations, which he denies.

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Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
Credit: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Peruvian parliament has removed President Martín Vizcarra from office. He is accused of having accepted bribes during his time as governor.

The Peruvian parliament has removed President Martín Vizcarra from office. In Monday's vote, 105 members of Congress voted to remove the head of state, 19 were against and four parliamentarians abstained. To remove Vizcarra, 87 votes were necessary. Vizcarra declared that he was leaving the government palace without agreeing with the decision of the parliament.

Science
Large 2,000-year-old feline figure discovered in Peru's Nazca lines
Nazca lines
Nazca lines Credit: Cyril Bèle (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The cat then went unnoticed until plans were recently drawn up for a new path leading to an observation platform. In a statement, Peru's culture ministry said: "The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear because it's situated on quite a steep slope that's prone to the effects of natural erosion."

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Japanese tourist is the first visitor to Machu Picchu following the Covid-19 closure
Japanese tourist is the first visitor to Machu Picchu following the Covid-19 closure
Credit: Jesse Katayama (Instagram)

The Japanese Jesse Katayama was the first visitor on Machu Picchu, after months of Covid-19 closure.

Katayama had a entry ticket and permit to enter the UNESCO World Heritage site on March 16, the same day the Peruvian government opted to close the site. His original plan was to spend three days in the area, but with flights cancelled and movement limited by the virus, Katayama was stuck there for months.

"I thought that I wouldn’t be able to go, but thanks to all of you who pleaded with the mayor and the government, I was given this super special opportunity," he wrote on his Instagram account.

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Peru: Congress votes against Vizcarra impeachment
President Martín Vizcarra
President Martín Vizcarra Credit: Presidencia Peru

The Congress of the Republic did not reach the 87 votes necessary to vacate President Martín Vizcarra on the grounds of permanent moral incapacity. The motion to remove the president had 32 votes in favour, 78 votes against and 15 abstentions.

In the morning, the head of state attended the plenary session, where he assured that the audios that involve him have not been verified and that they will be made available to the Public Ministry.

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Peru president to face impeachment vote Friday, after The Constitutional Court denied delay request
President Martín Vizcarra
President Martín Vizcarra Credit: Presidencia Peru

The Constitutional Court of Peru refused to suspend the impeachment process of President Martín Vizcarra As a consequence of this decision, the president or his lawyer should appear before Congress this Friday to defend themselves before the legislators vote on whether to impeach him.

Marianella Ledesma, the president of the Constitutional Court, told local radio that judges had voted by five to two to reject an urgent petition by Vizcarra asking that Congress suspend debate on whether to impeach him for "moral incapacity."

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Peru congress starts impeachment process of President Martín Vizcarra
President Martín Vizcarra
President Martín Vizcarra Credit: Presidencia Perú (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Congress of Peru voted to admit the impeachment process against the President Martín Vizcarra. There were 65 votes in favour, 36 against and 24 abstentions.

After the admission, the plenary set for September 18 the debate of the motion. President Martín Vizcarra, or his lawyer, may appear to give his defense, and his dismissal requires 87 votes according to the parliamentary regulations.

The Congress is investigating government contracts awarded to singer Richard Cisneros worth $49,500, and the links between Cisneros and Vizcarra.

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Peru surpasses 25,000 deaths and 500,000 Covid-19 cases
President Martin Vizcarra
President Martin Vizcarra Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Peru had 507,996 Covid-19 cases and 25,648 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak, according to health ministry data on Thursday.

During a public event to pay tribute to 120 doctors who have died from Covid-19, President Martin Vizcarra blamed the recent spike in infections on an uptick in social and sporting events and a lax attitude by the public.

Technology • Internet & Web
Tinder starts testing video dates
Tinder Face to Face screenshots
Tinder Face to Face screenshots Credit: Tinder

Tinder announced Wednesday that it has begun testing the ‘Face to Face’ chat feature in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Peru and Chile.

In a press release, Tinder says: "We recently surveyed our members in the US, and half of them have had video dates with a match off Tinder in the past month. Not only that, but 40 percent of Gen Z members wanted to continue using video as a way to decide whether to meet IRL in the future - even once their favorite date spot is open again"

The new feature was promised as a way Tinder evolves its business in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Uber launches grocery delivery in Latin America and Canada
Uber Eats
Uber Eats Credit: Uber

Uber announced on Tuesday the launch of an app-based grocery service in 19 cities in Latin American and Canadian cities. The initiative is a partnership with Cornershop, a Chilean online grocery provider that Uber has held a majority stake in since October 2019.

Customers in eleven Brazilian cities, including Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, four Chilean cities, Colombia’s Bogota, Peru’s Lima and Canada’s Montreal and Toronto will be able to order groceries through the Uber Eats app. And starting later this month, grocery delivery will be available in Miami, FL and Dallas, TX.

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Ex-Green Beret claims he led foiled raid into Venezuela

An attack aimed at overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ended with eight dead.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that armed maritime incursion with speedboats came from neighboring Colombia. Authorities said they found Peruvian documents, high-caliber weapons, satellite phones, uniforms and helmets adorned with the U.S. flag. Both U.S. and Colombian officials dismissed the Venezuelan allegations.