Interim leader Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday after five days in office, plunging the South American nation into further political chaos.
Mr Merino’s capitulation was prompted by huge nationwide protests and a forceful police crackdown that claimed the lives of two people and injured over a hundred other protesters.
Manuel Merino’s announcement came at the heels of the departure of some of his cabinet, with Luis Valdez, the head of the congress, saying that politicians of all parties had agreed to call for the president’s resignation to save lives and restore order.
On Saturday night, the political climate in Peru went up a notch after police fired pellets and tear gas at demonstrating crowds in an attempt to quell demonstrations against Mr Merino.
The demonstrators were armed with stones, sticks and other rudimentary items, some sources say.
Human rights groups accused Peru authorities of using excessive and unjustified force against the protesters.
Scores of thousands of demonstrators, majority of whom are youths, have protested against Mr Vizcarra’s disposal, calling it a coup against a president who was adored by the electorate for his reforms.
Saturday’s protests began peacefully in Lima but towards the evening, bloody clashes broke out between police and protesters.
Two men (aged 24 and 25) were killed after being shot, Medical officials said.
As of Sunday morning, more than 40 people were still reported missing.
The head of Human Rights Watch Americas, José Miguel Vivanco, tweeted on the missing persons and police brutality:
“We are continuing to document cases of police brutality in the centre of Lima,
“Everything suggests that repression against peaceful demonstrators is intensifying.”
The turmoil provoked politicians, business leaders and well-known Peruvians to urge Mr Merino to step down.
The interim leader faded away from view after Saturday’s violent demonstrations and Peru’s RPP Noticias radio said martial and police commanders did not attend a meeting he had called on Sunday morning.
Peru now faces the possibility of electing a fourth president in less than three years.
Whoever gets the presidential seat will have the daunting task of holding the country together until elections in April.
Peru Congress was due to agree on a successor to Mr Manuel Merino later on Sunday, just 5 days after removal of Vizcarra
The latest political predicament began when congress used an arcane 19th-century law to remove Mr Vizcarra on unsubstantiated allegations that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes while working as a state governor in 2011-2014.
Legislators removed him and appointed Mr Merino, a little-known politician, rice farmer, and the head of the congress, as interim leader.
Many Peruvians, especially the youths, described the move as a parliamentary coup.
Many Peruvians feel that most of the lawmakers moved for Vizcarra’s impeachment to avoid being probed in sweeping reforms.
Manuel Merino, the former speaker of Parliament, had been on the presidential seat for less than a week.
He took over from President Martín Vizcarra, who was impeached on Monday over bribery allegations. Vizcarra maintains his innocence.
Senior politicians had called for Mr Merino’s resignation after a violent crackdown on demonstrations against his appointment.
12 ministers from Mr Merino’s recently-appointed cabinet stepped down on Sunday in protest against the President’s use of force and his overall handling of the political situation.
There are concerns of a growing political crisis as Peru faces a severe economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Peru is one of the countries that imposed the earliest and strictest lockdowns in Latin America to stop the spread of covid.
According to John Hopkins University, Peru so far has reported nearly 935,000 coronavirus infections and more than 35,000 deaths.
At present, Peru is the nation with the third-highest rate of deaths per 100,000 people worldwide.
Former President Mr Vizcarra has been mired in a bitter battle with Congress, which is monopolized by rival parties, since he took office in March 2018.
Vizcarra has refuted allegations that he accepted beyoffs and bribes worth 2.3m soles ($640,000; £487,000) when he was governor of the Southern Moquegua region.