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Peru's interim president Manuel Merino resigns after protest deaths

FILE PHOTO: Peru's interim President Manuel Merino addresses lawmakers at Congress after he was sworn in following the removal of President Martin Vizcarra, in Lima, Peru November 10, 2020. Peruvian Congress/Handout via REUTERS

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s interim president, Manuel Merino, resigned on Sunday, less than a week into his new administration, after protests calling for his removal left two dead and dozens injured, plunging the country into yet another political crisis.

Merino assumed the presidency on Tuesday after the opposition-dominated Congress voted to remove his predecessor Martin Vizcarra, over bribery allegations, which he denies.

Reporting by Marco Aquino; writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Leslie Adler

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