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Peru’s interim president steps down

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/20, 06:57 am

Manuel Merino announced his resignation in a televised Sunday address, less than one week after he replaced President Martín Vizcarra. Vizcarra’s ouster sparked mass demonstrations and accusations that Congress staged a coup. Half of Merino’s Cabinet resigned on Saturday, and two protesters in their 20s died during protests. Human rights groups reported about 41 people missing and 112 injured in the Saturday demonstrations.

What comes next? Congress summoned an emergency session on Sunday to select another interim leader but remained undecided on Monday morning. Vizcarra called on the country’s highest court to intervene. Peru’s constitutional crisis comes as the country faces a recession and high coronavirus infections.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Hannah Harris’ WORLD Magazine report on Americans stranded in Peru.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 12:12 pm

    I wonder what hand Soros played in their whole thing.

    He bragged about removing leaders he doesn't like in foreign countries.