By James Blears
Manuel Merino has quit as caretaker President. He was installed following the impeachment of President Martin Vizcarra exacatly a week ago. This was followed by nationwide protests, so in a nationally televised broadcast Merino, who had previously been the Speaker of Congress called it a day. Twelve of the short lived Governments Ministers including those of Justice, Transportation, Trade, Energy and Mines, have also resigned.
The protesters are condemning Congress, saying it`s launching an internal coup. Merino was supposed to be the Interim Caretaker, until Vizcarra`s non renewal term ended in July next year. Congress has accused Vizcarra of accepting bribes, as a State Governor, prior to him democratically winning the Presidency in 2018. Vizcarra, who`s accused Merino of being a dictator, has categorically denied all accusations of graft. A judge has ordered Vizcarra, not to leave the country.
Peru has had five Presidents during the last five years. The Presidential Palace now lies empty. Uncertainty, rather than a President rules.