The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, has accused Congress this Tuesday of wanting to dismiss him for “postpone” the general elections called for 2021 given the possibility that the chamber may initiate a second attempt at a motion of censure for its alleged involvement in corruption cases.
“The intention is to try to remove the president so that Congress, without a president, can take decisions, such as postponing the elections for a couple of years,” he said.
“The idea is to change the political structure leaving the current government management for an additional time and that is not convenient for democracy “, Vizcarra assured in statements to the press during a visit to the northern region of Cajamarca according to the Peruvian media ‘Gestión’.
Vizcarra would have received an illicit payment when he was regional governor of Moquegua in 2013 and is being investigated in the ‘Construction Club’ case by the Prosecutor’s Office and the group of prosecutors in the ‘Lava Jato’ case, investigations in favor of which the president initially agreed but has now been doubt.
In this sense, the president has assured that he “has fought the ‘Construction Club'” and has shown confidence that these investigations will demonstrate “that we have always acted correctly and honestly for the benefit of the population.”
According to Vizcarra, the fight that his government has carried out against corruption “has affected many economic interests “, which is why they are trying to remove him, something that “is not convenient for democracy.”
Some recordings link Vizcarra to the case of singer Richard Cisneros, known as ‘Richard Swing’, investigated for his alleged irregular hiring at the Ministry of Culture between 2018 and 2020, through a series of contracts valued at 155,000 soles (more than 35,000 euros).
Faced with these alleged crimes, The Congress of Peru rejected last September a motion of censure against Vizcarra for his alleged moral incapacity with 32 votes in favor, 78 against and 15 abstentions, although some political groups already anticipate a second request for dismissal due to the new accusations.