Peru continues to lack a president as Congress struggles to agree on successor

Peru continues to lack a president as Congress struggles to agree on successor


Peru remains without a president after interim leader Manuel Merino announced his resignation on Sunday and Congress failed to appoint a new head of state during its morning session.

After hours of private negotiations, congressional leaders announced they were recessing without reaching a decision, according to the Associated Press. Congress will reconvene later on Monday to continue deliberations.

The South American country has been roiled by protests since Merino became the president last week. Congress removed the previous president, Martin Vizcarra, on allegations of corruption and claims that he failed to address the coronavirus crisis properly. Protesters argued that Congress attempted a parliamentary coup when it installed Merino, who was second in line to the presidency as the head of Congress.

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Despite claims that he had accepted more than $600,000 in bribes, Vizcarra held popular support among a majority of Peruvians. Many viewed him as a president who worked hard to clean up a corrupt political establishment.

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