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Peruvian Congress Elects New Interim President

The Peruvian congress elected on Monday night industrial engineer Francisco Sagasti as the new interim president, less than 24 hours after the resignation of predecessor Manuel Merino following massive protests in capital Lima that left two protesters killed by the country’s National Police.

The Peruvian congress elected on Monday night industrial engineer Francisco Sagasti as the new interim president, less than 24 hours after the resignation of predecessor Manuel Merino following massive protests in capital Lima that left two protesters killed by the country’s National Police.

“Today is not a day of celebration because we have seen the death of two young people in the protests expressing their point of view,” Sagasti said during a press conference, after being elected by the congress with 97 votes in favor and 26 votes against.

“We cannot bring them back to life but from the congress and the executive we can take actions so that this does not happen again,” Sagasti told local reporters.

Sagasti, who is part of Peru’s center-left coalition and member of the only political party that voted against the ousting of former president Martín Vizcarra a week ago, will be the country’s caretaker president presiding over elections in April 2021.

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