Peru hit by political crisis as interim president resigns
November 16, 2020 - Peru, for years one of Latin America’s fastest growing economies, has seen a series of presidents ousted from office or imprisoned on allegations of corruption over the past three decades.
Last week, centrist Martín Vizcarra was controversially removed from office by Congress on corruption charges, and on Sunday, his successor Manuel Merino resigned after deadly protests, plunging the country into turmoil just five months before elections in April.
Many observers fear the Andean country now faces a period of heightened political uncertainty with the threat of impeachment likely to hang over any future leaders’ heads, Reuters said.
Merino agreed to step down after a night of unrest in which two young protesters were killed and half his Cabinet resigned. Peruvians cheered the decision, waving their nation’s red and white flag on the streets of Lima and chanting “We did it!” But there is still no clear playbook for what comes next, AP said.
Peru has much at stake: The country is in the throes of one of the world’s most lethal coronavirus outbreaks and political analysts say the constitutional crisis has cast the country’s democracy into jeopardy.
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