In growing crisis, Peru wants third president in a week

Lima-Peru woke up on Monday morning to look for a new head of state, after lawmakers failed overnight to name who would be the third president in a week.

Interim leader Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday, after his predecessor, Santner Martin Vizcarra, was out for the final week, sparking protests and dragging the country into a constitutional crisis.

The Congress is now demanding the helm of the country for the elections to be held in April next year. MPs chose the only name to fail in a midnight poll, then put forward, leftist human rights defender Rocio Silva-Santisteban.

The country’s fragmented and unpopular legislature will vote again on Monday at 2 pm (1900 GMT) when another name is on the list: lawmaker Francisco Sagasti, a 76-year-old industrial engineer and former World Bank official.

Political turmoil increases the uncertainty facing Peru, not the world. 2 copper producers are already taking a hard fight with COVID-19 and heading towards its worst economic contraction in a century.

Vijkara was impeached by the Congress last week for corruption charges and was removed from the post, which he denied.

Merino, who led the impeachment as the president of the Congress, succeeded Vijayakara. But he also resigned after two people were killed in protest against his runaway government, and MPs threatened him until they would calm down.

“Some people have political immaturity and lack of self-awareness in everything that has happened in the country in the past week,” said Alberto de Bellande, the centrist party legislator of the Morto Party.

His party is now nominating Sagarji to make him the third President of Peru in a week.

“The main thing for Peru is to gain stability and end this nightmare,” Bellande said.

Peru’s markets and currency have come under pressure amid uncertainty. Bonds rose, then fell early on Monday.

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