Nov. 15 (UPI) — Peru’s interim President Manuel Merino stepped down Sunday, days after the nation’s Congress ousted President Martin Vizcarra.
Merino introduced his resignation amid protests over Congress’ resolution to take away Vizcarra over unproven bribery allegations, saying his cupboard will stay in place till a brand new chief is chosen to keep away from an influence vacuum.
“Right now, when the nation is experiencing one in every of its greatest political cries, I would like the entire nation to know that I am presenting my irrevocable resignation,” he mentioned.
Congress mentioned it could convene Sunday night to pick a brand new substitute.
Congress voted 105-19 to question the 57-year-old Vizcarra from workplace, as he mentioned he did not agree with the choice however wouldn’t contest it.
Vizcarra took workplace in 2018, vowing to combat corruption, after his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned a day earlier than a vote on his personal impeachment.
The ousting of Vizcarra prompted demonstrations that started within the capital metropolis of Lima, then unfold to different cities all through the nation.
It’s unclear if Peruvians would settle for Congress’ selection to exchange Merino, as Vizcarra had change into well-liked throughout his two years as president and other people within the nation are largely crucial of Congress as many members face investigations for corruption and different crimes.