Peru’s interim president resigns, plunging country into constitutional crisis

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Peru’s acting president resigned on Sunday as the country plunged into its worst constitutional crisis in two decades following massive protests sparked when Congress ousted the country’s popular leader. In a short televised speech, Manuel Merino said Congress acted within the law when he was sworn in as head of state on Tuesday, despite claims by protesters that lawmakers staged a coup parliamentary state.“Like everyone else, I want the best for our country,” he said.

The politician agreed to resign after a night of unrest in which two young protesters were killed and half of his cabinet resigned. Peruvians applauded the decision, waving their nation’s red and white flag through the streets of Lima and chanting “We did it! But there is still no clear playbook for what is to come.

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