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Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:00 PM

Facing Widespread Protests, Peru's Interim President Steps Down

Source: New York Times

Facing widespread opposition, Peru’s interim president stepped down on Sunday, his sixth day on the job, plunging a country already facing an economic tailspin and a devastating pandemic into a constitutional crisis.

Manuel Merino, the president, took power on Tuesday, after legislators shocked the nation by voting to remove the popular former president, Martín Vizcarra, and then swore in Mr. Merino, who was the head of Congress.

From his first moments in office, Mr. Merino had faced opposition from Peruvians who took to the streets in protest and from prominent political and social leaders, many of whom said they did not recognize Mr. Merino as president.

On Sunday, after most of cabinet resigned and his last political allies abandoned him, the Congress that had elected him called on him to step down. Mr. Merino took heed.

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