Peru's Congress suspends session on nominating new interim president

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Published: November 16,2020 04:03 PM
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November 16, 2020: Peru's Congress has suspended the voting on the appointment of a new interim president of the country until midday on Monday.

November 16, 2020: Peru's Congress has suspended the voting on the appointment of a new interim president of the country until midday on Monday.



"The virtual plenary session is suspended until 22:00 GMT. The spokespersons' conference will be held at 18:00 GMT," the Congress tweeted.



On Sunday, Peruvian interim President Manuel Merino announced his resignation after the death of two persons during the anti-government protests.



Later that evening, the Congress tried to appoint a new interim president and a new presidential administration. Congressman Rocio Silva Santisteban was a candidate for the interim president, while Francisco Sagasti Hochhausler was nominated as the first vice president.



A previous attempt by Congress to appoint a new president failed as 42 votes were in favour while 52 were against with 25 abstaining.