The Peruvian Congress debates whether to remove President Vizcarra

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“I trust in the maturity, prudence and responsibility of the parliamentarians and the banks that are committed to democracy. I call for unity, good sense and working together. History and Peruvians will judge our decisions“. The provisional president Martin Vizcarra closed his fiery defense with that appeal to the congressmen who must decide this Monday his dismissal for “moral incapacity” and about six months to complete his term. The general elections will be held on April 11 amid deep political uncertainty.

Two years ago, Vizcarra replaced the Executive Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The then president decided to resign before being dismissed by Congress, which was investigating his relations with the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. The current acting head of state is being investigated for having allegedly received bribes in exchange for public works contracts when he governed the southern region of Moquegua in 2014. The bribes would amount to $ 620,000. “I am here to clarify any of the facts that falsely accuse me.” 87 votes are needed from the 130 legislators for the removal of Vizcarra to be activated. The debate between the banks promises to be fierce and adds tension to society.

Second try

“We have great tasks to accomplish, respecting the will of the people, respecting the Constitution, and, above all, respecting the stability of the country “, Vizcarra asked the congressmen and warned about the effects on the”economic stability” who would have his departure from the Executive. Vizcarra already avoided being dismissed on September 19 for a minor case, his relationships with the obscure singer Richard Swing, favored with state contracts.

Institutional instability is a constant in a country where all the presidents-elect after the flight of Alberto Fujimori, two decades ago, they have been indicted for corruption (Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala and Pablo Kuczynski) and the rest, Alan Garcia, shot himself to avoid jail.

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