BREAKING: President, 12 ministers resign after death of protesters

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Peru’s interim president, Manuel Merino has resigned following the death of two people on Saturday.

The deceased was among the tens of thousands protesting in the Lima, the capital city against the government.

The country’s leader announced his exit from power in a national broadcast on Sunday.

Twelve ministers have hours earlier expressed their grievance against police brutality and Merino’s method of handling crisis by stepping down.

Police shotgun pellets and fired tear gas to repel demonstrators who threw objects.

Medical officials confirmed that two men, 24 and 25 years respectively died from gunshot wounds.

“I want to let the whole country know that I’m resigning,” Merino said.

The former speaker of Congress was in office for five days.

He replaced President Martin Vizcarra who was impeached on Monday over bribery allegations that he denied.

Protesters mostly made up of youths, have been protesting against Vizcarra.

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