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Peru: Manuel Merino de Lama becomes President of the Republic

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10:43 | Lima, Nov. 10.

Congress Chairman Manuel Merino de Lama was sworn in as President of the Republic in a Parliament solemn session on Tuesday.

The event was held at Congress headquarters in Lima.


Mr. Vizcarra had taken office on March 23, 2018, to replace resigning Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. His term in office was supposed to end on July 28, 2021.

Consequently, the application of the succession regime established in Article 115 of the Political Constitution of Peru was also invoked.

"Given the temporary or permanent impediment of the President of the Republic, the First Vice-President assumes his/her functions; in default of the First Vice-President, the second one does. Given the impediment of both, the President of Congress (…)," the article said.

In this sense, 59-year-old Merino de Lama has assumed the aforementioned position, in compliance with the succession established in the Constitution.

On the extraordinary congressional elections held on January 26, 2020, Merino de Lama was elected parliamentarian to represent Tumbes region with Accion Popular (Popular Action) party. He became Congress chairman two months later.

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Published: 11/10/2020
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