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Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra impeached; Manuel Merino took over this morning

Martín Vizcarra was impeached in Congress last night for "moral incapacity"

Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra. Photo: Shutterstock
  • Vízcarra was in office since the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski;
  • Both Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Vizcarra left the Presidency over corruption allegations.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra was impeached in Congress last night for “moral incapacity” over corruption allegations, reported El Comercio. It was the second trial he has been through, a month and a half after he survived a similar process by having the majority of votes.

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Now, in his place, President Manuel Merino takes over. Vízcarra was in office since the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (for whom he was a VP) in 2018.

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Merino will temporarily govern the country until the presidential election scheduled for April 11, 2021. As the first vice president, Mercedes Aráoz, resigned last May, it will be up to the head of Congress to assume the highest office in the country.