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A supporter of ousted President Martín Vizcarra holds a Peruvian flag as police deploy tear gas during a protest against the government of interim President Manuel Merino in Lima, Peru, on Saturday. Photo: Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images

Peru's interim President Manuel Merino announced his resignation on Sunday after holding the title for six days, following weekend clashes between police and demonstrators that left at least two people dead.

Why it matters: Peru, which had one of Latin America's strongest economies before the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to face its worst economic downturn in over a century amid the political crisis — which is the worst in two decades, per the Wall Street Journal.

What he's saying: Merino told viewers in a televised address that he had "acted within the law" by being sworn into office on Tuesday, AP reports.

  • “I present my irrevocable resignation,” Merino said, per the Wall Street Journal. “It is time for peace and unity.”

Catch up quick: Lawmakers voted to impeach and remove President Martín Vizcarra from office following corruption allegations and criticism of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Human rights groups report that the whereabouts of 41 people who participated in the demonstrations are unknown, and at least 112 people were injured.
  • Peru's acting head of Congress, Luis Valdez, called for Merino to resign over the unrest, Bloomberg notes.

What to watch: It is not yet clear who will take over Peru's presidency, although some politicians and protesters have called for one of the 19 lawmakers that voted against ousting Vizcarra to take over the role, the WSJ reports.

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Nov 17, 2020 - World

Peru names third president in a week

Peru's new interim President Francisco Sagasti speaks outside the National Congress in Lima on Nov. 16. Photo: Beto Baron/Getty Images

Peru's new interim President Francisco Sagasti said after being elected by lawmakers in Congress Monday that "today is not a day of celebration," per Al Jazeera.

Why it matters: Peru has had three different presidents in one week. The previous interim leader, Manuel Merino, resigned Sunday following deadly weekend clashes between police and demonstrators protesting the ouster of former President Martín Vizcarra, who was impeached last week.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Updated 5 hours ago - Technology

A dark view of the future of autonomous weapons

A still from the video "If Human: Kill ( )." Image: Future of Life Institute

A new short film warns of the coming risks posed by the development and proliferation of lethal autonomous weapons.

Why it matters: Drones with the ability to autonomously target and kill without the assistance of a human operator are reportedly already being used on battlefields, and time is running out to craft a global ban of what could be a destabilizing and terrifying new class of weapon.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine — Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.