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Peru’s President Merino resigns after deadly crackdown on protesters

Peru’s interim president has resigned, a day after two people died during protests against his government.

Manuel Merino, former speaker of Congress, had been in the post less than a week.

He replaced President Martín Vizcarra after he was impeached on Monday over bribery allegations, which he denies.

Senior politicians had called for Mr Merino’s resignation after a violent crackdown on demonstrations against him.

Twelve ministers from his recently appointed cabinet resigned earlier on Sunday in protest against police brutality and his handling of the crisis.

Congress failed to agree a replacement for Mr Merino when it met on Sunday, rejecting a team led by Rocío Silva Santisteban, a writer and former human rights activist.

A new list, made up of an interim president and senior politicians from across the spectrum, was being drafted.

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