Peruvian Politics

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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
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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.