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World in Brief: Saturday March 24

PERU: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski threatened yesterday to withdraw his resignation because the proposed congressional resolution accepting it accuses him of “betraying the fatherland.”

Mr Kuczynski quit before facing impeachment by MPs for allegedly taking bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

He tweeted that the language was “unacceptable.” The language  was eventually removed.

ITALY: Parliament reconvened yesterday following this month’s elections, but no coalition deal is in sight.

The chauvinist Five Star Movement was the largest single party, while a far-right coalition was the largest bloc. Neither has enough MPs to govern alone.

Police earlier had to remove street art showing Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League chief Matteo Salvini kissing, though a mooted deal between them to divvy up parliamentary positions fell apart yesterday.

MEXICO: Left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has further extended his lead in opinion polls.

Mr Lopez Obrador surged to 29.5 per cent in the polls, up from 27.1 in February.

His rivals, of the establishment National Action and Institutional Revolutionary parties, have sunk lower to 21 and 16 per cent respectively as they fight among themselves.

FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has fallen even further, according to a poll published a day after mass strikes against his austerity policies rocked the country.

The austerity and privatisation-obsessed ex-banker now has an approval rating of just 40 per cent, collapsing by 12 points since the end of last year.

His tax increase on pensioners has caused his support among over-65s to fall below 50 per cent for the first time.


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