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Impeached, Jailed, Wanted: President Is a Dangerous Job in Peru

  • Merino being probed for rights abuses during six-day tenure
  • Sagasti picked to lead country for eight months, to July 2021
Martin Vizcarra, Peru’s ousted president, speaks in Lima on Nov. 9.
Martin Vizcarra, Peru’s ousted president, speaks in Lima on Nov. 9.Photographer: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg
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Even in Latin America, a region known for chronic political instability, Peru stands out.

Every president elected since 1985 -- with the exception of one interim leader who served for just eight months -- has either been impeached, imprisoned or sought in criminal investigations.