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Peru's Congress formally accepts resignation of president

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski addresses the nation as he resigns at the Presidential Palace in Lima, Peru March 21, 2018. Peruvian Government Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s opposition-run Congress accepted Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s resignation as president on Friday, paving the way for First Vice President Martin Vizcarra to be sworn in as the new leader of the South American nation.

Vizcarra, who is also Peru’s ambassador to Canada, called for “faith and optimism” upon arriving Lima’s airport before his midday swearing-in ceremony. Kuczynski resigned on Wednesday amid graft allegations he denies.

Reporting By Lima Newsroom