LIMA, Peru – Peruvian President Martin Vizcara escaped an impeachment vote on Friday. Amid the devastating epidemics, a congressional strike that threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis has ended.
Thirty-two of Peru’s 130 lawmakers voted in favor of the opposition’s resolution to impeach the president, accusing him of obstruction of justice, by a two – thirds majority of 87 votes needed to remove him.
The tumultuous vote of political battles between Mr. Wisker’s supporters and opponents paved the way for the end of the president’s term, ending in July, after which he promised to step down and defend himself in court against the allegations if he made any mistake.
Seven months before the general election in one of the Latin American countries, the opening of impeachment hearings further insulted the political class in Peru. Pandemic is the worst affected.
Opposition legislators Impeachment proceedings commenced Last week, after the release of a short audio recording, Wiscar was seen instructing subordinates to lie to prosecutors about a small-scale corruption scandal.
Within hours, military leaders backed former Vice President Viscera, and their attempt to overthrow him began to erupt within hours. When opposition leaders came out against the resolution, they argued that the country needed stability. Crisis.
“Peru cannot be blocked because of the content of a few invalid audio recordings,” Viscera said in a self-defense speech before Congress on Friday. “Pandemic’s management and financial reactivation cannot continue in suspension.”
Despite the implementation of Swift lockdowns and the accumulation of large financial reserves before the outbreak, Peru now has the largest population. Per capita deaths from corona virus in the world. The region’s fastest-growing economy is on track to shrink by 12 percent this year.
Peru has a unified system, so Friday’s vote was Congress’ last word on impeachment. It is unclear whether Wisker will agree to step down if lawmakers vote to remove him, raising the possibility of a constitutional crisis.
Viskara, who was governor of a remote mountainous region, came to power two years ago. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has resigned over allegations of corruption.
As president, Viscera promised a welcome message to many Peruvians who are tired of the corruption scandals and political trappings that have plagued former presidents, dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and judges, and will clean up the country’s political system. Businessmen of recent years.
But Viscera is hostile to the Congress in its attempts to change the political system in Peru. He was persuaded to hold assembly elections last year. That vote returned a more divisive and divisive Congress, forcing the president to rely on a strategic alliance with the Left to govern.
He is the sixth consecutive Peruvian president accused of corruption. He will not be formally investigated until his term expires.
The impeachment crisis allowed outside presidential candidates in the coming April elections to portray the traditional political class as being cut off from the serious problems facing the Peruvians during the unprecedented health and economic crisis.
“I feel angry, frustrated and weak,” former soccer player George Forsyth said in a Twitter post after the impeachment proceedings began. “These politicians are robbing me of myths and expectations.”
The impeachment bid came from local media reports in May that Richard Cisnoros, a young pop singer and political supporter, had won $ 50,000 in government contracts to provide motivational classes for the civil service and other services. Although the singer held concerts in support of Wiscara’s presidential ticket in the last general election, he was not qualified or commissioned to withdraw politically.
In one of the leaked audio recordings, Wiscar seems to be asking government officials to cover up Cisnoros’ visits to the presidential palace, saying at one point, “In an investigation, we are all involved.”
“We have to present a common front,” he is heard saying.
Viskara has admitted that this is his voice on the recordings, but he said they were edited and showed no evidence of wrongdoing.