Congress of Peru admits to debate the removal of President Vizcarra

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The request for dismissal or vacancy of the president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, for alleged moral incapacity will be debated in the next plenary session, as approved by Congress this Friday in an unprecedented day.

The vote in the plenary session of Parliament obtained 65 votes in favor, 36 against and 24 abstentions.

The Board of Spokespersons will decide in the next few hours the date on which Vizcarra will come to present his discharges, before the plenary vote on the eventual dismissal.

Congress presented the motion for vacancy or dismissal as a result of three audios broadcast on Thursday in which Vizcarra’s coordination with his Palace assistants is heard to delineate his apparent closeness with the singer Richard Swing, who has benefited from contracts with the State for the that was not qualified.

During the debate, the opposition legislator Omar Chehade argued that the motion should be admitted because in the denounced events “you can see a criminal organization, an illicit association, where the president points out here we are all together, which shows that there is a mafia clique in Palace that is ruling us. “

Chehade insisted that the president’s actions “obstruct the action of justice, such as lying to the Prosecutor’s Office to save his own skin.”

His colleague María Retamozo said that his Frepap party “requires the president to assume his responsibility, to speak the truth” because “a president who lies is delegitimized to govern.”

For her part, legislator Mirtha Vásquez, from the Broad Front, said that Congress has to fulfill the function of controlling the Executive.

“There can be no impunity, less corruption as evidenced, because in the evidence disseminated there are facts that could constitute crimes,” said Vásquez.

On the other hand, the Morado party was in favor of continuing the investigations that are underway in the Parliament’s Oversight Committee and in the Prosecutor’s Office for the Richard Swing case.

The legislator Gino Costa, from the Morado party, pointed out that the three audios broadcast the day before have to be incorporated into the investigation led by the Supervision commission, but criticized that the president of this working group, Edgar Alarcón, had leaked the audios and vitiated the inquiries.

Simultaneously with the debate in plenary session, the Audit Committee questioned Vizcarra’s assistant, Karem Roca, who accused the president in the audios of pressuring her to resign to claim responsibility for Swing’s presence in the Government Palace.

Roca denied having recorded the conversations with Vizcarra and others of his close friends, although he recognized his voice in the three audios broadcast by Alarcón.



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