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World Jul 20Leftist teacher, political novice, is Peru’s president-elect
A teacher in one of the poorest communities in the Andes who had never held office is now Peru's president-elect after officials in the South American country declared him the winner of a runoff election.
World Jun 07Peru’s presidential runoff election too close to call
A rural teacher-turned-political novice and the daughter of an imprisoned former president have traded the lead in a tight race for Peru's presidency.
World Nov 17Peru awaits new president’s swearing in with cautious hope
Peruvians were returning to their daily lives as the South American nation prepared to swear in its third president in the span of a week.
Politics Nov 16Peru’s Congress selects lawmaker from centrist party as new leader
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday in favor of Francisco Sagasti, an engineer from the centrist Purple Party, as the legislature's president.
Politics Nov 16Peru in political crisis as protests push interim president to quit
Who is the president of Peru? The answer to that question Monday is no one. The Latin American nation's political turmoil took a chaotic turn Sunday when interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Congress couldn't decide on his replacement.
World Nov 15Peru’s interim president resigns as chaos embroils nation
The politician agreed to step down after night of unrest in which two young protesters were killed and half his Cabinet resigned. Peruvians cheered the decision, waving their nation’s red and white flag on the streets of Lima and chanting…
World Nov 13Peru president’s ouster sparks wave of youth-led protests
The shock vote to oust now ex-President Martín Vizcarra has sparked protests unlike any seen in recent years in Peru.
World Nov 11Peru ouster throws nation’s anti-corruption drive into doubt
When Peru’s legislature booted President Martín Vizcarra from office this week, they may have done more than just oust a popular leader — they likely put the country’s best chance at making a dent on endemic corruption on hold.
Politics Nov 10Peru swears in new leader as political turmoil continues
Merino's swearing in was met with anger, resignation and protests on the streets of Peru's capital a day after Congress voted to oust popular President Martín Vizcarra.
Politics Nov 09Peru lawmakers vote to remove president over allegedly taking bribes
The president denied any wrongdoing but lawmakers said they didn't believe him. They also lambasted his response to the virus, pointing to rising poverty, deadly oxygen shortages and the country's misguided use of rapid antibody tests.