Caracas, Venezuela – Peru’s President Martin Vizcara was impeached by Congress on Monday amid a devastating coronovirus epidemic and with a vote just months before the presidential elections.
The opposition’s proposal to remove the president for alleged corruption was endorsed by 105 of Peru’s 130 MPs, exceeding the 87 votes required for removal. Peru has a bicameral system, and Monday’s votes represent the final decision of Congress.
In a national address late Monday, 57-year-old Mr Wijker said he accepted the vote, reducing the likelihood of a constitutional crisis or a legal battle for the presidency.
“I declare that without agreeing to the verdict, I will leave the Presidential Palace today and go to my house,” he said, through his cabinet. “History and the people of Peru will judge the decisions that each one of us makes.”
Under the Peruvian constitution, to replace Mr. Vizcarra as interim president, by the end of his term next July, is Congress president, opposition legislator and businessman Manuel Merino.
The impeachment vote, which jolted a nation that expected the president to survive, was the culmination of an increasingly bitter bitterness between Mr. Vijakara, a centrist, and his opponents in Congress, which exacerbated his efforts in the country’s political and exaggeration. Are opposed to. Justice system.
Monday’s vote was the second attempt by lawmakers in two months, following an unsuccessful vote in September on charges of obstructing justice, the second attempt to impeach Mr. Vijkara.
Mr Vizkara’s government has portrayed the impeachment motion as a baseless misuse of a rarely used constitutional clause intended to allow MPs to remove a Speaker from office for alleged wrongdoing It is mentally or morally unfit to punish the president.
“The worst thing we can do right now is to plunge the country again into more agitation and instability,” Mr. Vizcar said in his defense speech Monday before the vote.
There will usually be a first vice president and a second vice president in the line of succession behind the president, but both positions are vacant.
Despite rising allegations of wrongdoing, only 20 percent of Peruvians supported Mr Vizcara’s impeachment, according to the election of Ipsos in late October, and he also enjoyed the support of the country’s armed forces, a traditional arbiter of power in Peru .
Minutes after the vote, groups of supporters of Mr Wizker began to gather outside Congress to be called a “coup” according to local broadcasters, and civil society leaders criticized the timing of the vote during the intense health crisis. Heavy police cordons surrounded the Vidhan Bhavan in preparation for the unrest.
Archbishop Carlos Castillo of Lima said, “This is not rebirth.” “Here, there is only anger, jealousy and aggression.”
The new bid to oust Mr Vizkara comes weeks after local media reported on leaked testimony by his former former colleagues and construction officials, in which he took bribes from local construction companies as governor of a small mining sector in early 2010 was. .
According to a prosecution official, Mr. Vijakarra is accused of accepting 2.3 million soles, or about $ 641,000, and could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if found guilty.
The president has denied the allegations and accused lawmakers of using his impeachment to postpone the April elections.