President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday submitted to Congress an Executive Branch-approved bill aimed at declaring the Public Ministry in state of emergency
in order to solve the crisis existing within the organization.
On this occasion, the Head of State was joined by Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva and Justice Minister Zeballos, with whom he walked from the Government Palace to Parliament and delivered the document. On the way to Congress, they were cheered on by citizens.
The bill came in response to Attorney General Pedro Chavarry's decision —on New Year's Eve— to remove the top prosecutors investigating the Lava Jato case in Peru.
As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes to government officials in Peru, in order to secure public-works contracts.
As a result, Odebrecht
benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department.