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Peru Faces Political Crisis After President Dissolves Congress

HeadlineOct 02, 2019

In news from Latin America, Peru is facing its biggest political crisis in decades as the nation’s president and vice president are both claiming to be the lawful leader of the country. On Monday, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra invoked a constitutional provision to dissolve Congress and call for new parliamentary elections. Congress responded by suspending Vizcarra as president and declaring his vice president, Mercedes Aráoz, to be Peru’s interim president. Recent public opinions show there is support for Vizcarra’s move to dissolve Congress in part because right-wing lawmakers have repeatedly blocked efforts by the administration to fight corruption.

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