Last Sunday, 11, Martín Vizcarra was elected deputy with the highest number of votes among all candidates, but he will not be able to take office
The ex-president Martin Vizcarra had its political rights forfeited for ten years. The decision was taken by the Congress of Peru this Friday, 16, due to the vaccine scandal. In September 2020, when he was still president, Vizcarra used a lot of vaccines against Covid-19 Chinese Sinopharm to irregularly immunize 500 people, including government officials and himself. At the time, the vaccine had not yet completed all stages of clinical trials and the batch in question was intended for phase 3 testing. Vizcarra ended up suffering a impeachment the following month, but for another reason, related to the payment of bribes when he was governor of Moquegua. The withdrawal of his political rights comes less than a week after he was elected deputy last Sunday, 11, with the highest number of votes among all candidates. That way, he won’t be able to take possession.
The impeachment of Vizcarra was followed by major protests in Peru against the seizure of power by the then president of Congress, Manuel Merino, which lasted only five days in office: the parliamentarian resigned from the presidency after the brutal repression of these protests in Lima, which resulted in two deaths and hundreds of injuries. On November 17th, Francisco Sagasti, also parliamentary, assumed the Peruvian presidency and leads a transitional government until July 28, when he must hand over power to the chosen president in the second round of elections, scheduled for June 6. The dispute is between the radical left candidate Pedro Castillo and the populist right-wing Keiko Fujimori.