Congress Votes to Remove President Martín Vizcarra

Nov 11, 2020

On 9 November 2020, the Congress of Peru voted to remove President Martín Vizcarra from office over allegations of government corruption and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the country’s constitution, the head of Congress — Manuel Merino de Lama — will serve out the remainder of Vizcarra’s term through July 2021, with a swearing-in ceremony planned for 1700 local time (2200 UTC) on 10 November. In a statement, Vizcarra announced that he would accept the results of the vote and would step down without mounting a legal challenge. Dozens of protesters gathered in the Plaza San Martín in the capital Lima following the vote, before being dispersed by police officers for violating current prohibitions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no reports of protest-related violence.

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