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Peru Congress ousts President Vizcarra

Christian Fernsby |
Peru's Congress has ousted President Martin Vizcarra in an impeachment vote over corruption allegations.

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Vizcarra said he would accept the Congress vote and would not take any legal action to counter it.

Head of Congress Manuel Merino, an agronomist and businessman from the minority Popular Action, is expected to assume the presidency on Tuesday and will remain in office until the end of July 2021, when Vizcarra's term was due to expire.

Vizcarra has rejected the corruption allegations as "baseless" and "false."

He warned of "unpredictable consequences" on Monday if lawmakers impeached him ahead of the 11 April election, in which he is not eligible to run.


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