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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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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.