Peru has a new president. The parliament elected Francisco Sagasti as head of state. This means that the South American country had three different presidents within a week.
The Peruvian parliament has chosen the central politician Francisco Sagasti as the new president of the country. With the election on Monday, the electorate ended a power vacuum that had arisen after the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino and parliamentary president Luis Valdez at the head of the South American state. The 76-year-old trained engineer should now lead the country out of the political crisis.
Third president within a week
The former World Bank official was initially elected President of Parliament by the MPs. According to the Peruvian constitution, he automatically becomes head of state if the office of president is vacant. Sagasti will now remain in office until the end of the legislative period on July 28, 2021.
Sagasti is the third president of the Latin American country in just a week. On Monday, the members of parliament initially failed to determine a successor candidate for Merino. In the first vote on a successor to Merino, the left-wing MP and former human rights activist Rocío Silva Santisteban missed the necessary 60 votes in parliament on Monday night.
Merino announced resignation on Sunday
The previous parliamentary president Merino from the center-right Acción Popular party took up the post of president of the South American country last Tuesday after the dismissal of his predecessor Martín Vizcarra. On Sunday, Merino announced his resignation in a televised address.
Meanwhile, the public prosecutor in Lima opened an investigation against Merino on Monday after two demonstrators were killed in violent protests against the interim president on Saturday.