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Mercedes Araoz assumes the position as acting president of Peru after the suspension of Vizcarra

October 1, 2019


The vice president of Peru, Mercedes Araoz, has assumed the position as acting president on Monday after the country's Congress approved a motion to suspend the president, Martín Vizcarra, for “moral incapacity.”

“It is my duty as a citizen, woman, mother and vice president to assume this mandate. The easiest thing would have been to resign,” said Araoz. “I summon you to begin a stage of democratic coexistence and a governance agreement. We have to work together. I will convene the OAS for a space of reconciliation with all political forces,” he said, referring to the Organization of American States.

“Let's really talk. We must end the political and judicial reforms. Let's continue working to carry them out. We will respect the privileges. I am grateful to have given myself that responsibility,” he added to the Peruvian Congress.

The decision of the Congress has been approved by 86 votes in favor, none against and no abstention, as reported by the newspaper 'El Comercio'.

The measure came after Vizcarra announced the dissolution of Congress and called elections after the House rejected the issue of trust presented by the Prime Minister, Salvador del Solar, who has resigned his post.

Justice Minister Vicente Zeballos has later sworn in as the new prime minister of Peru. Del Solar congratulated his successor at the end of a ceremony held at the Government Palace and lasted only a few minutes.