The president of Peru, Manuel Merino, on Sunday, November 15, resigned following the death of two peaceful protesters in Peru amid what could be described as the country’s worst constitutional crisis in two decades.
Merino was the President of Congress until recently when he was appointed as interim president. However, his resignation follows after nearly a week of violent protests in the country following the impeachment of his predecessor, former President Martin Vizcarra over corruption allegations.
Reports state that the sudden impeachment of Martin Vizcarra by congress unleashed massive protests of disapproval throughout the country with citizens calling on the interim president, Manuel to resign.
According to reports gathered, Vizcarra had earlier taken the presidential office in 2018 after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had also resigned amid corruption allegations and impending impeachment.
Speaking to the nation through a televised address from the Presidential Palace in Lima, Peru, Sunday, November 15, 2020, the interim president announced his decision to step down.
In his own words,
“I want to make it known to the whole country that I irrevocably present my resignation for the office of the presidency and I call for peace and unity for all Peruvians. My commitment is with Peru and I will do everything in my power to guarantee a constitutional succession and for Congress to determine in order for Peru to move forward.”