Peru: Protesters clash with police during march against judicial corruption

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Anti-corruption protesters faced off with riot police in Lima on Thursday, as thousands of people marched over an influence peddling scandal involving judges and members of the National Council of the Magistracy (CNM).

Earlier in the day, the president of Peru's judiciary, Duberli Rodriguez, announced his resignation. Not being accused of any wrongdoing, he took this decision "because of the institutional crisis that the judiciary is going through," as he explained on Twitter.

Head of the National Council of Magistrates Orlando Velasquez also quit his post amid the turmoil of the justice system, as well as two other representatives of the seven-member board.

A wave of protests hit the country after a group of investigative journalists, published audio recordings of phone conversations which are said to implicate senior members of the judiciary in a series of corruption cases.

The judges are now subject to a state investigation opened on July 9 by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.

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