October 2, 2019 / 3:04 AM / 18 days ago

Peru's VP resigns post and role as 'interim president,' calls for new general elections

FILE PHOTO: Peruvian Vice President Mercedes Araoz speaks to Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (not pictured) during their meeting at Zhongnanhai in Beijing, China, September 2, 2019. Andrea Verdelli/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s Vice President Mercedes Araoz announced on Tuesday that she was declining the opposition’s designation to be interim president and resigning her post as second-in-command in hopes of opening the door to new general elections.

In a late-night post on Twitter, Araoz posted her resignation letter, citing the Organization of American States’ statement earlier in the day that only the Constitutional Tribunal should settle a dispute over the legality of President Martin Vizcarra’s decision to dissolve Congress.

Reporting By Mitra Taj

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