Peru, without a president and a victim of the political morass


And now, what is going to happen in Peru? The resignation this Sunday of Manuel Merino, after only five days as head of state, far from closing the deep political crisis that the country is going through, has opened an even deeper one. The country is without a president and without a board of directors of Congress, that is, two of the three branches of the State are vacant, in the midst of a deep political morass.

Merino threw in the towel after a week of massive protests by citizens, who called him a “usurper” and “coup”, and, above all, due to police repression, which left at least two dead and caused chain departures from the Government.

Protests continue in the street so that “all the corrupt members of Congress leave”

Peruvians, fed up with sterile power struggles and what they call the ‘repartija’ of positions, are still on the street. They are happy with Merino’s resignation, but they demand that all the corrupt members of Congress also leave and a new Constitution be drawn up.

“He did not resign, the people removed him (…) Now Congress is coming, it has to go. A new Constitution is the one that has to come”a young woman claims.

“It is the least that (Merino) could do, but that does not mean that we will lower the fight because there are many to get out”adds another protester.

The General Prosecutor’s Office files complaints against the homicide against Merino and the prime minister

“Assassins” protesters shout at law enforcement. Complaints for homicide and serious human rights violations have been filed against former President Merino, his prime minister and the Interior Minister for the repression of the last week.

The Constitutional Court requires the Police to immediately locate numerous people who disappeared during the protests.

Congress prevents the election of the first president of Peru

Meanwhile, Congress again showed its deep division this Sunday, by rcast the election of leftist legislator Rocío Silva Santisteban as head of Congress, and therefore, as interim president until the April elections. She would have been the first woman to hold the position.

The Legislature will try again to reach a compromise solution this Monday. An urgent solution, then Peru is, at the moment, without a president and without a board of directors of Congress. That means that two of the three powers of the state are vacant in the midst of the enormous political, social and economic crisis that the country with the most deaths from COVID-19 in the world is going through, in relation to its population.


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