Manuel Arturo Merino de Lama (born 20 August 1961) is a Peruvian politician and agronomist who was the Acting President of Peru from 10 November until his resignation five days later on 15 November 2020 following massive protests. He is the shortest serving president of Peru, serving only five days though he was never really president.
|Acting President of Peru|
10 November 2020 – 15 November 2020
|Prime Minister||Ántero Flores Aráoz|
|Preceded by||Martín Vizcarra|
|Succeeded by||Francisco Sagasti|
|President of Congress|
16 March 2020 – 15 November 2020
|Preceded by||Pedro Olaechea|
|Succeeded by||Rocío Silva Santisteban (Acting)|
|First Vice President of Congress|
25 July 2011 – 26 July 2012
|Preceded by||Alejandro Aguinaga|
|Succeeded by||Marco Falconí|
|Member of Congress|
|Assumed office |
16 March 2020
25 July 2011 – 26 July 2016
26 July 2001 – 26 July 2006
Manuel Arturo Merino de Lama
20 August 1961
|Political party||Popular Action|
Mary Peña (m. 1985)
|Alma mater||National University of Tumbes|
He came to power after the removal of his predecessor, Martín Vizcarra. Duee to the vacancies of the two vice presidential offices, Merino who was the President of the Congress at that time became acting president as based on the Perivian constitution, if the two vice presidential offices are vacant, then the president of the congress will ascend to the presidency. However, because of massive protests at that time, Merino was forced to resign and was succeeded by Francisco Sagasti.
On 9 November 2020, the Congress impeached and removed President Martín Vizcarra from office on the grounds of "moral incapacity", a vague term dating back to the 19th century. The move was seen as a coup by many Peruvians,political analysts and media outlets in the country, with Vizcarra's removal resulting with the beginning of the 2020 Peruvian protests. The following day, as the President of the Peruvian Congress, Merino became the new president of Peru following the line of succession established in the nation's constitution, forming a far-right government. Five days after taking office, he resigned from the presidency as a result of two deaths in the protests. He was succeeded by Francisco Sagasti.
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- "Peru's swears in new leader as political turmoil hits nation". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- "Golpe de estado editorial". La República (in Spanish). 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
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- "Trujillo: miles de ciudadanos marchan contra gobierno de Manuel Merino". El Popular (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- "Inconformes consideran toma de protesta de Manuel Merino como golpe de Estado". Noticieros Televisa (in Mexican Spanish). 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- "Congreso peruano aprueba moción de vacancia y destituye al Presidente Martín Vizcarra". El Mercurio (in European Spanish). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- Tegel, Simeon. "Protests turn to celebrations as Peru's interim president offers resignation". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
Like his cabinet, made up largely of aging far-right politicians, Merino had appeared incapable of comprehending the fury of the protesters
- "Cómo derrocar un Presidente". IDL-Reporteros. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
Spanish: Aposentado en Palacio, respaldado por una organización de ultraderecha con una larga lista de almirantes, ... Merino ha pasado su primera noche como 'presidente' English: Resting in the Palace, backed by a far-right organization with a long list of admirals, ... Merino has spent his first night as 'president'
- Noriega, Carlos (12 November 2020). "Perú: la ultraderecha copó el gobierno | Bajo la presidencia de Manuel Merino tras el derrocamiento de Martín Vizcarra". Página/12. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
Spanish: El gabinete ministerial del nuevo presidente Manuel Merino ... es encabezado por un miembro de la descreditada vieja guardia política, vinculado a la extrema derecha. English: The ultra-conservative right wing has taken over the Peruvian government . The ministerial cabinet of the new president Manuel Merino ... is headed by a member of the discredited political old guard, linked to the extreme right.
- ""No sé qué les fastidia", dice el primer ministro de Perú ante las masivas protestas". EFE (in European Spanish). 12 November 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
Spanish: ... un Ejecutivo de "ancha base" pero que finalmente es de corte conservador, con miembros de derecha y ultraderecha. English: ... an Executive with a "broad base" but that is ultimately conservative, with members of the right and far right.
- "EN VIVO | Junta de Portavoces se reúne para evaluar renuncia de Manuel Merino tras las muertes de dos jóvenes en la Marcha Nacional | Ántero Flores-Aráoz | Congreso de la República | Vacancia presidencial". RPP (in Spanish). 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2020-11-15.