What Just Happened in Peru? Understanding Vizcarra’s Sudden Impeachment

By Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg

Expect more populism ahead in one of the world’s hardest-hit countries by COVID-19.

Among the many ironies of Peruvian politics, let’s start with this: Martín Vizcarra was one of the most popular presidents of his generation Even as Peru faced one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the world, and lived through an extremely harsh lockdown, his approval remained above 50%, among the highest ratings in Latin America And yet, going against the will of the three-quarters of Peruvians who thought he should stay in charge, Peru’s Congress shocked many by voting Monday to remove him from office Manuel Merino, the speaker of Congress and main instigator, was set to assume...

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