Leftist teacher inches toward victory in disputed Peru vote
Peru has finished tallying votes in the country’s tight presidential contest but no winner has been declared, with electoral authorities saying they are scrutinizing a small number of ballots amid unproven claims of possible vote tampering leveled by the apparent loser.
Peruvians get 3rd president in a week amid cautious hopes
Francisco Sagasti waves after being sworn-in as the new, interim president at Congress in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Sagasti's appointment marks a tumultuous week in which thousands took to the streets outraged by Congress' decision to oust popular ex-President Martn Vizcarra. “I hope this one is different.”Peru plunged into turmoil last week when Congress voted to oust ex-President Martín Vizcarra. Sagasti voted against Vizcarra’s ouster — a move likely to win him at least some backing from those who took to the streets in protest. Lawmakers used a 19th century-era clause to oust Vizcarra for “moral incapacity,” accusing him of taking bribes years ago when he was a governor.
Peru's swears in new leader as political turmoil hits nation
Supporters of Peru's former President Martin Vizcarra are stopped by police from marching to Congress where lawmakers voted the previous night to remove Vizcarra from office, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Congress voted to oust Vizcarra over his handling of the new coronavirus pandemic and unproven allegations of corruption years ago. But outside Congress, Peru's divide was readily apparent. At least 34,879 people have died among 922,333 infected by the virus in Peru, a nation of 32 million people. After Merino left Congress, protesters continued to gather in the city's historic district under a gray sky.
Congress votes to oust Peru's president amid pandemic crisis
The ouster measure was supported by 105 legislators — far more than the 87 votes needed for the two-thirds majority required to remove Peru's president. Thousands gathered on the streets of Peru's capital after the vote to denounce Congress. The speed of the move against the president and lack of evidence led some political analysts to warn that Congress could be putting Peru’s democracy in jeopardy. Political analyst Alonso Cárdenas said the repeated attempts to oust Vizcarra highlight the weaknesses of Peru’s political system, where no party has a majority and politicians are guided more by individual interests than ideology. The president survived the impeachment vote in September brought by opposition lawmakers who accused him of favoring a little-known singer known as Richard Swing.
Peru president survives impeachment vote amid virus turmoil
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra greets reporters after addressing Congress in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The decision came after long hours of debate in which legislators blasted Vizcarra but also questioned whether a rushed impeachment process would only create more turmoil in the middle of a health and economic crisis. In the end, only 32 lawmakers voted to remove the president, while 78 voted against and 15 abstained. He called for a proper investigation and urged lawmakers not to aggravate Peru's already precarious situation by rushing through an impeachment proceeding. The president has no majority in Congress, a pandemic still to deal with and an economic contraction that has thrown millions into poverty.