Peru awaits new president's swearing in with cautious hope

Peru awaits new president's swearing in with cautious hope


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LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peruvians returned to their daily lives Tuesday as the South American nation prepared to swear in its third president in a week.

Many were hoping Francisco Sagasti will be the charm.

“In my 63 years I’ve never seen a good president,” said Victor Mezzarina, who works in downtown Lima exchanging the Peruvian currency, the sol, for dollars. “I hope this one is different.”

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The nation is emerging from its worst constitutional crisis in two decades. A decision by Congress to oust popular ex-President Martín Vizcarra last week sparked widespread protests. His successor – a little known politician and rice farmer – lasted just six days in office. But there was hope Sagasti will steer Peru back on course.

The 76-year-old centrist lawmaker spent the initial hours after being voted in as head of Congress Monday visiting hospitals where injured protesters were recovering and promising to do everything in his power to restore trust in the

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