Peru's Congress suspends session on nominating new interim president

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Moscow [Russia], November 16 (ANI/Sputnik): Peru's Congress has suspended the voting on the appointment of a new interim president of the country until midday on Monday.

"The virtual plenary session is suspended until 14:00 p.m. [22:00 GMT]. The spokespersons' conference will be held at 10:00 [18:00 GMT]," the Congress tweeted.

On Sunday, Peruvian interim President Manuel Merino announced his resignation after the death of two persons during the anti-government protests.

Later that evening, the Congress tried to appoint a new interim president and a new presidential administration. Congressman Rocio Silva Santisteban was a candidate for the interim president, while Francisco Sagasti Hochhausler was nominated as the first vice president.

A previous attempt by Congress to appoint a new president failed as 42 votes were in favour while 52 were against with 25 abstaining. (ANI/Sputnik)