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Peru President gets Parliament's nod to stay in power, remains unimpeached

LIMA- PERÚ- 21 Diciembre. El abogado del señor Presidente de la República, Alberto Borea, hace uso de la palabra durante la sesión del pleno del Congreso por pedido de vacancia. Foto: ANDINA/Luis Iparraguirre

LIMA- PERÚ- 21 Diciembre. El abogado del señor Presidente de la República, Alberto Borea, hace uso de la palabra durante la sesión del pleno del Congreso por pedido de vacancia. Foto: ANDINA/Luis Iparraguirre

23:26 | Lima, Dec. 21.

Congress has voted against passing the impeachment motion that sought to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, after a long debate initiated at the Legislative Palace on Thursday morning.

In order to succeed, the impeachment required 87 votes in favor (two-thirds) out of 130, no matter absences. 

A total of 79 legislators voted in favor of impeachment. Also, there were 19 votes against the motion and 21 abstentions.

Last Friday, Congress' opposition party Frente Amplio (Wide Front) filed a motion to impeach President Kuczynski on the grounds of moral incapacity, following corruption allegations involving scandal-plagued Odebrecht.

The motion accused Mr. Kuczynski of denying having received payments from Odebrecht in a letter addressed to a Congress investigative commission and then admitting to providing advisory services. 

As is known, Mr. Kuczynski —early on Thursday— arrived at Parliament to exercise his right to defense during a Congress plenary session.

He was joined by Vice-Presidents Martin Vizcarra and Mercedes Araoz, as well as his lawyer Alberto Borea.

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Published: 12/21/2017
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