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Two Dead During Renewed Protests


Police in Peru use violence against demonstrators. There were deaths and injuries. The first newly sworn ministers have submitted their resignation.

In Peru, several ministers of the new government have resigned after at least two deaths during the protests against the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra. According to matching media reports, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health resigned from their offices on Sunday night. The new President Manuel Merino met with his cabinet.

Meanwhile, The Parliament of Peru on Sunday has suspended an extraordinary session called to elect the successor of the president of the republic, Manuel Merino, who resigned irrevocably yesterday after only 6 days in power, after the rejection of a candidacy presented by various parties, which did not has reached a sufficient number of votes.

Last Saturday, thousands took to the streets in protest in several Peruvian cities for the sixth day in a row. They demonstrated against what they saw as the undemocratic approach taken by Parliament in the event of Vizcarra's removal. In the capital, Lima, police again used tear gas and reportedly also used rubber bullets.

Riot police shot with glass bullets

The social security agency EsSalud confirmed that two young men were shot dead that night. There were also injured. Vizcarra expressed his regret on Twitter, writing: The country will not allow the deaths of these brave young people to go unpunished.

The local agency of the United Nations and Amnesty International had previously accused the emergency services of excessive violence against peaceful demonstrators and journalists during protests on the previous days. The newspaper El Comercio reported that police officers shot glass bullets without permission.

Nobel winner Llosa: Parliament Violated Constitution

Mr. Vizcarra was removed from office by Parliament last Monday for "permanent moral incompetence" with a clear majority of MPs. As governor of the Moquegua region, he is accused of accepting bribes from a construction company amounting to 2.3 million soles (about 533,000 euros) between 2011 and 2014. The non-party 57-year-old rejects this. Vizcarra's predecessor, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, resigned in 2018 on allegations of corruption.

2010 Nobel-prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa called the Parliament decision the violation of the Constitution.

Conservative Parliamentary President Merino took office as Head of State and Government on Tuesday and put together a new cabinet. In April there are presidential and parliamentary elections in Peru.


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