Nov 9, 2020 - World

Peru's Congress votes to impeach President Martín Vizcarra

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra delivers a speech after giving his statement at the Congress as he faces an impeachment, in Lima on November 9

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra after giving his statement at country's Congress in Lima on Monday. Photo: Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images

Peru's congressional legislators voted 105-19 Monday to impeach President Martín Vizcarra and remove him from office following corruption allegations and criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, per Bloomberg.

The big picture: The country's economy contracted 30.2% in the second quarter. Peru's health care system has also been chronically underfunded and it has one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world. Manuel Merino, Peru's head of Congress, will take over the role until the 2021 presidential election is held.

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