Peru’s Vice President, Mercedes Araoz, resigned from her position late Tuesday as a power struggle roils the South American nation.
Araoz’s resignation came after President Martin Vizcarra, on Monday disbanded the opposition-controlled Congress and called for fresh elections in January.
He said the move was necessary because the legislature has refused to pass a raft of anti-corruption reforms he has been championing, as well as changes to the way top judges are appointed, NAN reports.
Some Peruvians took to the streets in celebration.
Governors and leaders of the armed forces also came out in support of Vizcarra, who assumed office on March 2018.
However, a group of opposition lawmakers voted to suspend Vizcarra from office and nominate Araoz as interim president, leading to confusion about who was the country’s rightful leader.
Then, on Tuesday, Araoz announced on Twitter she was resigning as vice president and declining the opposition’s appointment as interim leader.
Araoz said she hoped her decision would help smooth the path toward a general election that could pull Peru out of its political dysfunction.
For months, Vizcarra had threatened to dissolve parliament unless it supported reforms to campaign financing, the curbing of parliamentary immunity against prosecution, the prevention convicted people from running for office, among others.
Vizcarra proposed the reforms last year in response to revelations of massive corruption within the judiciary.
They were backed by the vast majority of Peruvians in a referendum in December.
Three former presidents of Peru are under investigation for corruption.
A fourth, Alan Garcia, committed suicide in April when police came to arrest him in connection with a graft probe.
JUST IN: Amaechi’s Chief Security Officer Dies Of Electric Shock In Kaduna
Mr. Tony Iwelu, the CSO to the Minister for Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, died of electric shock from a shower hose in his hotel room in Kaduna on Monday February 17, 2020, at about 10:30 AM.
Iwelu had travelled with the Minister to Kaduna to felicitate with Governor Nasiru Elrufai on his birthday when the fatal shock happened.
An aide to the Minister confirmed the death under condition of anonymity as no official statement has been issued, Daily Trust reports.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Adjourns Review Of Imo Judgement
The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing till March 2, in the application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and sacked Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha
The PDP and Ihedioha are, by the application, praying the court to, among others, reverse its judgment on January 14 this, which sacked Ihedioha and replaced him with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the mention of the case on Tuesday, Ihedioha’s lead lawyer, Kanu Agabi sought for time to enable parties file the necessary papers, a request other lawyers in the case did not object to.
A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, in a brief ruling, granted the request for adjournment and adjourned till March 2, 2020.
Military Personnel Accompanied Herdsmen Who Killed 8 Persons In Delta — Gov Okowa
Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says military personnel accompanied suspected herdsmen who wreaked havoc on some communities in the state last week.
Gunmen had attacked Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North local government areas of the state on Thursday.
The attacks led to the deaths of at least eight persons while several others sustained injuries.
Okowa, who described the attacks as mindless, called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.
“The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless,” Okowa said.
“I, however, appeal to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. I commiserate with the communities and families on the unfortunate loss of their loved ones.
“I have directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice.
“As a state, our people have been very receptive to herdsmen and other visitors, but our hospitality and welcoming disposition should not be taken as an act of cowardice.
“The state government will continue to encourage peaceful and harmonious relations between Deltans and their visitors but will not watch outsiders attack and kill our people any longer.”