Peru’s President to Face a 2nd Impeachment Vote in Congress


For the second time in less than two months, opposition members in Peru’s congress persuaded legislators to adopt a motion Monday that requires President Martin Vizcarra to face an impeachment vote.

President Vizcarra survived a similar proceeding in September when his congressional opponents accused him of obstructing an investigation into a $50,000 contract for an obscure singer hired to give motivational talks to public employees. He has now been accused of taking $670,000 in bribes from a construction company from 2011 to 2014, while he served as governor of the southern state of Moquegua. On Monday, the president denied the allegations. His critics will need 87 votes to remove him from office. However, the critics have only received 60 votes in favor of removing Vizcarra from office thus far.

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