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Peru once again in political turmoil as pandemic rages on

Once again, the Peruvian Congress is trying to oust its president. This latest drama could worsen a pandemic crisis already spiraling out of control

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Just 11 months ago, Peru witnessed a tug of war between President Martín Vizcarra and the country’s lawmakers. After anti-corruption legislation was blocked, Mr. Vizcarra dissolved Congress, and managed to block an attempt to remove him from office. But now lawmakers might get their way, as Mr. Vizcarra faces impeachment proceedings for “moral incapacity,” after he tried to obstruct a Congress-led corruption probe.

The case was called after the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, received leaked audio recordings in which the president appears to discuss ways to cover up the misuse of public funds.

In the audio clips, he...

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