Peru’s President Merino Resigns After Deadly Crackdown On Protesters

Peru’s interim president has resigned, a day after two people died during protests against his government.

Manuel Merino, former speaker of Congress, had been in the post less than a week.

He replaced President Martín Vizcarra after he was impeached on Monday over bribery allegations, which he denies.

Senior politicians had called for Mr Merino’s resignation after a violent crackdown on demonstrations against him.

Twelve ministers from his recently appointed cabinet resigned earlier on Sunday in protest against police brutality and his handling of the crisis.

Congress failed to agree a replacement for Mr Merino when it met on Sunday, rejecting a team led by Rocío Silva Santisteban, a writer and former human rights activist.

A new list, made up of an interim president and senior politicians from across the spectrum, was being drafted.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators – many of them young – have been taking part in protests against Mr Vizcarra’s removal in recent days.

They accuse Congress of staging a parliamentary coup. Mr Vizcarra aged 57, has enjoyed continued support among many voters for his attempts at reform.

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