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Peru president's ouster marks latest snag for Summit of the Americas

Peruvian President Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski waves after announcing his resignation
President Kuczynski leaving the Palace of Government in Lima after he announced his resignation on March 21, 2018. Photo: Luka Gonzales / AFP via Getty Images

The Western Hemisphere's heads of state are set to gather in Lima, Peru, on April 13 for the eighth meeting of the Summit of the Americas. But a number of complications, including the Peruvian president's resignation last week, have thrown the meeting into turmoil.

Why it matters: Since President Clinton started it in 1994, the Summit of the Americas has been long on rhetoric and short on policy, but it remains the only forum for the hemisphere’s heads of state to meet and address crises like the one in Venezuela.