Interim Peruvian president steps down amid protests

Interim Peruvian president steps down amid protests


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Peruvian interim President Manuel Merino announced his resignation on Sunday as protests continue to roil the South American country.

Less than a week after being sworn in, Merino said he’d “acted within the law” when he succeeded the ousted President Martin Vizcarra. Protesters argued that the Congress attempted a parliamentary coup when it installed the former head of the Peruvian legislature, according to the Associated Press.

“I, like everyone, want what’s best for our country,” Merino said in a televised statement.

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During Saturday night’s unrest, dozens of protesters were injured from what human rights groups say were from police using excessive force involving blunt force, tear gas, and projectiles to control the protests. They reported that more than 100 people were hurt, and 41 have not been located after the violence. At least two people died.

Peru’s Congress voted to remove Vizcarra on Monday. Lawmakers cited “unproven accusations of corruption and used an archaic constitutional clause that

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