ICYMI: Peru President Merino Resigns Following Street Protests

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Manuel Merino, Peru’s interim president, on Sunday, resigned from office following massive protests that trailed his inauguration which held less than one week ago.

Although Merino had earlier vowed to remain in power, he changed his stance on Sunday, and announced his resignation in a televised address.

“I want to make it known to the whole country that I irrevocably present my resignation for the office of the presidency and I call for peace and unity for all Peruvians,” CNN quoted him as saying.

“My commitment is with Peru and I will do everything in my power to guarantee a constitutional succession and for Congress to determine in order for Peru to move forward.”

Merino, 59, resigned shortly after a crisis session of Congress called on him to quit power before 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) or face censure.

Congress is expected to appoint a new president — the South American country’s third in a week — in a new session called for 6:00 pm.


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