Peru: Congress approves impeachment against President Vizcarra

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

19:35 | Lima, Nov. 9.

Peruvian parliamentarians on Monday approved a second impeachment against the President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra. Thus, the Head of State will be removed from office.

The decision was the outcome of 105 votes in favor, 19 against, and 4 abstentions.

It must be noted that the presidential vacancy motion required at least 87 votes to be approved.

As is known, lawmakers debated the second impeachment motion against President Vizcarra on grounds of "permanent moral incapacity" about alleged facts from the time he had served as Moquegua region governor (2011-2014).

On November 2, Parliament approved to debate such motion, which was previously submitted by Union Por el Peru (UPP) party and other legislators.

To do so, the lawmakers cited a "permanent moral incapacity" of the President of the Republic, as established in Article 113 of the Constitution.

The decision to debate the motion was approved with 60 votes in favor, 40 against, and 18 abstentions.

According to the regulations of Congress, at least 40% of votes in favor were needed to debate the motion.

Later, on November 6, Congress Chairman Manuel Merino convened a plenary session for November 9 in order to address various issues, including the debate on the presidential vacancy motion.

Thus, the President attended the Parliament's plenary session this morning to give a speech before the debate.

Moreover, while exercising his right to defense, he asked lawmakers to focus on Peruvian citizens and their priorities.

Furthermore, Mr. Vizcarra asserted that his administration has worked hard and made the best efforts to improve health services, during the nearly eight months of the worst health crisis in our history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Published: 11/9/2020
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