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News | World Politics | Perú: Perú's President Merino resigns after deadly crackdown on protesters.

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  3-4 minutes - Source: BBC image copyrightReuters image captionA vigil was held in Lima for two people killed in the protests 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, who last Monday was removed in an impeachment procedure over bribery allegations, which he denies. 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 sen

News | Politics | Americas | Perú: Peruvian Congress votes to impeach President Martín Vizcarra

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  3 minutes - Source: BBC image copyrightReuters image captionPresident Martin Vizcarra has denied the allegations of wrongdoing Peru's Congress has voted to impeach President Martin Vizcarra over allegations he handed out government contracts in return for bribes. Mr Vizcarra said he would accept the vote, not take any legal action, and leave the presidential palace. Manuel Merino, the speaker of Congress, is expected to assume the presidency until July 2021 - when Mr Vizcarra's term was due to end. It is the second attempt over the last two months to oust the president. Mr Vizcarra, 57, has previously denied allegations that he accepted bribes worth 2.3m soles ($640,000; £487,000) when he was governor of the southern Moquegua region. Before the vote, he also warned that any impeachment could throw the country into turmoil as it grapples with a severe economic recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. But