Peruvian President Will Face Second Impeachment Process

Opposition members in the Peruvian Congress persuaded legislators to adopt a motion on Monday night that requires President Martin Vizcarra to face an impeachment vote for the second time in less than two months.

Opposition members in the Peruvian Congress persuaded legislators to adopt a motion on Monday night that requires President Martin Vizcarra to face an impeachment vote for the second time in less than two months.

The latest motion to proceed to an impeachment debate and vote next week received 60 votes in favor and 40 against, while 18 members of congress abstained. The president said that his opponents are bent on destabilizing the country by turning these impeachment proceedings into a “custom.”

President Vizcarra survived a similar proceeding in September when his congressional opponents accused him of obstructing a probe into a $50,000 contract for a singer hired to give motivational talks to public employees. 

Vizcarra is now being accused of taking $670,000 in bribes from a construction company while he served as governor of the country’s southern state of Moquegua from the year 2011 and the year 2015.

The Peruvian opposition would need 87 votes to remove President Vizcarra from office. The president will be allowed to answer questions in congress, or send a lawyer to represent him.


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