Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has been banned from holding public office for 10 years in a unanimous vote by the country’s congress after he allegedly jumped the queue to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vizcarra was found guilty of influence peddling, collusion and making false declarations in relation to Peru’s VIP Vaccines scandal which saw… Read More Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Peru’s Congress announces lawmaker Francisco Sagasti as interim president

Peru’s Congress on Monday chose legislator Francisco Sagasti as the Andean country’s caretaker president, in an attempt to defuse a sharp political crisis after angry protests and the departure of two presidents in the past week. Sagasti, 76, from the centrist Morado Party, won enough votes to head Congress, which means he will constitutionally assume… Read More Peru’s Congress announces lawmaker Francisco Sagasti as interim president

Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino announces resignation following protests

Peruvian lawmakers and the country’s top court were set to debate on Monday who should take over as president after Congress failed overnight to name a candidate to become the third leader in the space of a week marred by deadly protests. The Andean country’s interim leader, Manuel Merino, resigned on Sunday, after the ouster… Read More Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino announces resignation following protests

Peru’s Congress impeaches President Martin Vizcarra over corruption allegations

Peru’s Congress ousted President Martín Vizcarra on Monday in an impeachment vote over corruption allegations, prompting immediate tensions in the Andean nation. Vizcarra said he would accept the Congress vote and would not take any legal action to counter it. “Today I am leaving the presidential palace. Today I am going home,” Vizcarra said during… Read More Peru’s Congress impeaches President Martin Vizcarra over corruption allegations

Former Peru defense minister Walter Martos named as new prime minister

Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra on Thursday named retired general Walter Martos, the former defense minister, as the country’s new prime minister as part of cabinet reshuffle over a clash with the opposition-held Congress. Vizcarra also appointed attorney Luis Inchishategui as head of Ministry of Energy and Mines. Peru’s economy, headed for its worst decline in… Read More Former Peru defense minister Walter Martos named as new prime minister