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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Peruvian Congress Impeaches President Vizcarra

The Peruvian Congress impeached President Martin Vizcarra on Monday night, plunging the nation into a constitutional crisis amid an economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, just a couple of months before presidential elections.

The Peruvian Congress impeached President Martin Vizcarra on Monday night, plunging the nation into a constitutional crisis amid an economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, just a couple of months before presidential elections.

The opposition motion’s to remove President Vizcarra for alleged corrupt practices was supported by 105 of the 130 lawmakers, representing more than the 87 votes that are required for removing the president from office.

The impeachment vote represented the culmination of an increasingly bitter standoff between President Vizcarra and the Peruvian opposition that controls the Congress, which is opposed to his attempts to overhaul the nation’s political and judicial system.

Under the Peruvian Constitution, the person in line to replace President Vizcarra as interim president until the end of his term next July, is the president of the Congress Manuel Merino, who is known for being a famous businessman and one of the most radical members of the opposition.

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