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Peru: Executive Branch to file competence claim over impeachment motion

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

13:11 | Lima, Sep. 12.

Peruvian Justice and Human Rights Minister Ana Neyra on Saturday confirmed that the Executive Branch will file a competence claim before the Constitutional Court (TC) in response to the impeachment motion against President Martin Vizcarra, which was recently submitted and approved by Congress.

"Our goal is for the highest organization, in charge of interpreting the Constitution, to be the one that determines how the cause for permanent moral incapacity should be interpreted, as it is wrongly and unconstitutionally imputed to the president," she expressed in a statement to the nation.

The Cabinet member explained that the administration's purpose is to establish a legal strategy to prove that the way —in which Congress is interpreting the cause of moral incapacity for the impeachment— is not compatible with the country's system of government, affects the powers of the Executive Branch, and undermines the constitutional order.

Filing the lawsuit will be in charge of State Attorney for constitutional issues Luis Huerta.

Remarks were made following a Council of Ministers session held at the Government Palace in Lima.

On the occasion, Neyra joined Ministers Walter Martos (Prime), Jorge Chavez (Defense), Cesar Gentille (Interior), and members of the Armed Forces.

(END) FHG/CVC/MVB

Published: 9/12/2020
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