Nov. 15 (UPI) — Lower than per week after his inauguration, Peru’s interim President Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday amid protests calling for him to step down and in response to Congress’ choice to oust President Martin Vizcarra.

Merino introduced his resignation amid protests towards Congress’ choice 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.

“Presently, when the nation is experiencing one among its greatest political cries, I would like the entire nation to know that I am presenting my irrevocable resignation,” he stated.

Congress stated 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 stated 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.

Amnesty Worldwide stated Friday that it had confirmed the “extreme and pointless use of power” by the nationwide police to quell protests.

“The movies that Amnesty Worldwide has digitally verified are robust proof of the violence that the police are utilizing towards the inhabitants they need to be defending,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty Worldwide, stated in an announcement.

Final week, not less than 15 folks had been injured throughout the protests, together with three folks critically wounded by firearms, Amnesty Worldwide stated.

Congressman Alberto de Bela├║nde stated a web site he created for civilians to report police abuses registered greater than 200 complaints in its first hour.

Human Rights Watch stated final week that Vizcarra’s removing poses a menace Peru’s rule of legislation.

It’s unclear if Peruvians would settle for Congress’ alternative to interchange Merino, as Vizcarra had develop into standard throughout his two years as president and other people within the nation are largely vital of Congress as many members face investigations for corruption and different crimes.