Manuel Arturo Merino de Lama is a Peruvian politician who briefly served as the president of Peru for five days between 10 and 15 November 2020. He also serves as a Member of Congress representing the Tumbes constituency for the 2020–2021 term. He is the son of Pedro Merino Hidalgo and Elba de Lama Barreto.
About Manuel Merino in brief
Manuel Arturo Merino de Lama is a Peruvian politician who briefly served as the president of Peru for five days between 10 and 15 November 2020. He also serves as a Member of Congress representing the Tumbes constituency for the 2020–2021 term. He previously served in Congress in the 2001–2006 term and 2011–2016 term. In March 2020, an investigation into nepotism was initiated against Merino. His brother was granted another contract by the Peruvian government one month before Merino took office in March 2020. Due to being the most experienced congressman, he was elected President of Congress on 16 March 2020 with 93 votes in favor of Rocío Silva Santeban. Merino resigned from the presidency five days after taking office, following the line of succession established in the nation’s constitution, forming a far-right government. He is the son of Pedro Merino Hidalgo and Elba de Lama Barreto. In 1985, he married Mary Jacqueline Peña Carruitero, an early childhood teacher, and the couple have three children, Elba Jacqueline, Sandra Lisbeth and María Teresa.
He completed his elementary education at the Santa María de la Frontera School in 1973, and he finished his secondary education in 1978. In 1979, he enrolled at the National University of Piura to study agronomics. He subsequently dropped out and did not complete his undergraduate studies. In 1983, Merino was initially an agricultural producer and merchant, at the same time he dedicating himself to raising cattle. In 2000, he presided over the National Unity Front made up of political parties and movements. He was subsequently chosen by the Popular Action bases to run for a seat in Congress for the 2001 general election. At the 2006 general election, Merinos failed to attain reelection, as the Center Front coalition only obtained five seats nationally, mostly from Lima.