Workers from agricultural export companies in Peru renewed protests this week after Congress failed to reach an agreement to reform the sector and address their complaints about poor pay.
Peru’s interim president resigned on Sunday as the nation plunged into its worst constitutional crisis in two decades following massive protests unleashed when Congress ousted the nation’s popular leader.
Peruvian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday night to remove President Martín Vizcarra from office, expressing anger over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and citing alleged but unproven corruption allegations.
The Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, the greatest adversary of President Martín Vizcarra, rejected this Sunday the motion to remove the president and urged Congress to act with prudence.
The opposition’s crushing defeat in Peru’s legislative elections has left a fragmented Congress without a dominant party, which should help President Martin Vizcarra pass his reforms with the support of centrist parties.
Peru's vice-president has resigned from her post after declining the opposition's nomination to be interim leader, saying she hoped it would pave the way for a new general election. Mercedes Aráoz said the “constitutional order had broken” and that the country faced a “grave institutional crisis”.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra’s approval rating shot up 16 points to a high of 61% in October, after he adopted a harder line with the opposition-run Congress, a monthly Ipsos poll showed on Sunday.
A week after the justice annulled the pardon to her father, the former president Alberto Fujimori, after a request of the Peru's Attorney of Wash of Assets, the powerful leader of the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, was arrested in Lima on Wednesday after going to a court to be questioned with her husband. The arrest occurred amid an investigation for alleged irregular handling of funds of the party's campaign for 2011 presidential elections.
Peru’s opposition-run Congress renewed its confidence in the cabinet of President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday, averting a political crisis that could have forced new legislative elections.
Peru's president is facing a standoff with lawmakers over his call for a referendum on anti-corruption measures and constitutional reforms.