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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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Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
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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.

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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.