He only remained in power for five days. This Sunday, the interim President of Peru Manuel Merino announced his resignation, less than a week after taking office which had sparked violent protests.
“I want the whole country to hear that I am presenting my resignation,” Manuel Merino said in a televised address the day after the violent crackdown on demonstrations demanding his departure which left two dead and a hundred injured. Earlier in the day, the Peruvian Congress began an emergency meeting to try to resolve the serious political crisis opened by his contested accession to the presidency of the country.
The new president, who has remained silent since Saturday, was unreachable this Sunday morning. “I call him without success, I have no idea whether he has resigned,” the Prime Minister said on the radio. At least three people were killed in Lima on Saturday on another day of protests suppressed by police. The demonstrators, mostly young, demanded the resignation of Manuel Merino, rejecting what they see as a parliamentary coup.
Congress voted on Monday to dismiss the very popular President Martin Vizcarra, accused of corruption, and his replacement by Manuel Merino, until then at the head of parliament. The leaders of the nine parliamentary groups in Congress began their closed-door meeting shortly before 9 a.m. local time, on the initiative of the new head of parliament Luis Valdez.
The latter, judging the political situation in Peru “unsustainable”, had Saturday evening “asked Manuel Merino to consider his immediate resignation”. Ten of the 18 cabinet ministers formed by Manuel Merino resigned on Saturday evening following the crackdown on demonstrations.
The nomination to the presidency of Manuel Merino, a 59-year-old center-right man, has since Tuesday led to protests across the country. The biggest march brought together thousands of people on Saturday in Lima. The police again used tear gas, including from helicopters, to disperse demonstrators who threatened to march on the seat of Parliament. The young people carried signs proclaiming: “Merino, you are not my president”, “Merino impostor”, “Peru has awakened”.
The death of a 25-year-old protester was announced by the public body responsible for ensuring respect for human rights in Peru, according to which “the victim had lead wounds on his face and scalp” . The People’s Defender denounced the indiscriminate use of force by the police. The health ministry says at least 63 protesters were also injured. A little later, the Archbishop of Lima, Carlos Castillo, condemned the police repression by announcing on public television that he had just learned that there was “a third death”.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr