17 October 2021,   10:24
Peru’s interim President Manuel Merino resigns amid protests

Peruvian President Manuel Merino presented his resignation on Sunday amid protests that broke out across the country after he assumed the presidency on Tuesday, following the removal of former President Martin Vizcarra.

“I want to inform the entire country that I presented my irrevocable resignation to the position of the President of the Republic and I invoke peace and unity of all Peruvians”, - Merino said in a televised address to the nation.

He made the announcement after the Peruvian Congress held a crisis session on Sunday and asked him to resign amid the social protests, which have left at least two people dead, according to local media reports.

“Nothing justifies that a legitimate protest should trigger the deaths of Peruvians”, - Merino said, adding that “these events should be thoroughly investigated by the corresponding authorities to determine all responsibilities”.

“My commitment is to Peru and I will do my best to guarantee the constitutional succession that Congress determines”, - he said.

Merino became the third president of Peru to serve during the 2016-2021 presidential term, following Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Martin Vizcarra.