“I want to let the whole country know that I’m resigning,” Manuel Merino said in a televised address, a day after a police crackdown on protesters left at least two people dead.
President Manuel Merino, resigned shortly after a crisis session of Congress called on him to quit power before 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) or face censure.
However, Congress is expected to confirm another new president through appoint— the South American country’s third in a week — in a new session called for 6:00 pm.
Thousands have taken to the streets in days of protests against Merino following the ouster of his predecessor Martin Vizcarra, who was impeached on corruption allegations on Monday.
Congress’ ultimatum came after the health ministry said two protesters were killed on Saturday during a massive and peaceful march in Lima, which was repressed by police firing shotgun pellets and tear gas.
The resignation was greeted by noisy celebrations in Lima, with demonstrators taking to the streets sounding horns and banging pots.