Peru President resigns ahead of impeachment vote

14:51 | Lima, Mar. 21.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced he is leaving office during a televised address to the nation on Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement came ahead of the congressional impeachment debate scheduled for Thursday.

"Faced with this difficult situation that unfairly makes me appear guilty, I think the best thing for the country is for me to resign the Presidency of the Republic," Kuczynski said with his Cabinet standing behind him.

"I don't want to be an obstacle for our nation as it finds the path to unity and harmony that it needs so much, and that I was denied," he added.

He went on to say he doesn't want his country, nor his family, to continue suffering through the uncertainty of recent times.

Also, the Head of State assured there will be an orderly power transition as stipulated in the Constitution.

"I have submitted the original resignation letter to Congress, in which I step down as Constitutional President of the Republic," Kuczynski posted on Twitter.

As is known, a group of legislators from opposition parties filed a presidential impeachment motion —on the grounds of moral incapacity— after he survived a previous impeachment vote back in December.

This new motion was intended to oust Kuczynski for alleged links with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.


Published: 3/21/2018