PERU’S CONGRESS ELECTS THIRD PRESIDENT IN A WEEK

Peru’s Congress has elected a new interim president – the country’s third head of state in under a week.

Congressman Francisco Sagasti, a 76-year-old engineer and academic, will lead the country until the presidential election next year.

Last week, President Martin Vizcarra was removed over bribery allegations, which he denies – a move sparking protests across the country.

Mr Sagasti was elected leader after securing the minimum 60 votes required. He belongs to the only party that voted against the impeachment of Mr Vizcarra last week.

There are concerns of a growing political crisis as Peru faces a severe economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Peru imposed one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in Latin America to stop the spread of coronavirus – but has still seen cases rise rapidly.



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