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Peruvians Protest “Legislative Coup” That Removed President Martín Vizcarra

HeadlineNov 13, 2020

In Peru, protests continue following what opponents are calling a legislative coup against former President Martín Vizcarra earlier this week amid accusations of corruption that Vizcarra denies. Meanwhile, advocacy groups are denouncing the police use of tear gas and other violent tactics to suppress the protests. During his time as president, Vizcarra had pushed forward several anti-corruption initiatives that affected members of Congress, who themselves are under criminal investigation. Peru’s former head of Congress, Manuel Merino, was sworn in to replace Vizcarra Tuesday. Merino is a member of a center-right political party. A presidential election is scheduled for next April.

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