Peru Congress approves Vizcarra impeachment motion over leaked tapes

By: Reuters | Lima |

September 12, 2020 2:58:08 pm

Vizcarra vowed to not resign. (REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo)

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra confronted a contemporary problem to his management on Friday after Congress authorised a motion to begin impeachment proceedings in opposition to him over leaked audio tapes and alleged ties to a singer concerned in a fraud case.

Whether to take away Vizcarra from workplace for “moral incapacity” is because of be debated and voted upon within the subsequent week, which dangers plunging the world’s second-largest copper producer additional into disaster because it battles one of many worst coronavirus outbreaks globally amid its deepest recession in a long time.

Vizcarra vowed to not resign.

Fifty-two votes from the 130-member Congress have been wanted to approve the beginning of impeachment proceedings, and impeachment itself wants 87 votes to be able to take away Vizcarra from workplace.

Friday’s vote was 65 in favor, 36 opposed and 24 abstentions.

Lawmakers in Peru’s Congress, a mosaic of events from the left and proper with no total majority, heard recordings of two personal conversations between Vizcarra and authorities officers about conferences with Richard Cisneros, a little-known singer. Cisneros, who goes as Richard Swing, was awarded authorities contracts for motivational talks price 175,400 soles ($49,500), that are being investigated by Congress and Peru’s auditor basic together with claims of alleged hyperlinks to the presidency.

Lawmakers mentioned the recordings revealed Vizcarra making an attempt to downplay his conferences with Cisneros.

Vizcarra took workplace two years in the past after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s resignation over allegations of corruption. Last September, Vizcarra confronted down a earlier try to impeach him for incapacity and dissolved Congress.

He advised reporters on Friday that the brand new problem represented “a plot to destabilize the government.” “I am not going to resign, I have a commitment to Peru and I will fulfill it until the last day of my mandate,” he mentioned.

Presidential elections are as a consequence of be held subsequent yr and Vizcarra has already mentioned he won’t run once more.

“We now hope Vizcarra will come to give his justifications,” mentioned lawmaker Edgar Alarcon, head of the congressional oversight fee who shared the audios in Congress. Alarcon added that the date for the controversy was being mentioned however was anticipated to be late subsequent week.

Julio Ruiz, an economist specializing in Peru for the Brazilian financial institution Itaú BBA, mentioned the brand new turmoil risked including to jitters from latest “market unfriendly” measures, a reference to Congress passing legal guidelines permitting Peruvians to withdraw early from their pensions funds, and a separate latest bid to push out the nation’s financial system minister.

“If this continues to escalate, it could have an effect on recovery,” Ruiz mentioned.

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