Peru president Vizcarra survives impeachment vote amid virus turmoil

Peru to vote on presidential ouster in Lima

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra survived an impeachment vote in Congress on Friday as his opponents failed to win the votes necessary to remove him from power.

His capacity to take ahead the anti-corruption schedule he's sought to produce the trademark of his brief but eventful management might possibly be further jeopardized if Vizcarra is perceived as being participated in influence peddling himself.

During the long day of debate, many legislators expressed frustration with Vizcarra, but they also questioned whether a rushed impeachment process would only create more turmoil in the middle of a health and economic crisis.

Analysts warn that the country's democracy could be weakened if the impeachment proceeds.

Odebrecht has admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes to officials across Latin America, and almost every living former Peruvian president has been implicated in the scandal.

But Mr Vizcarra has actually consistently encountered a Congress hostile to his efforts to overhaul Peru's political system, leading him to require a breeze legal election in 2015. But he has managed to become a highly popular president, recently getting a 57% approval rating in a poll despite Peru's severe economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis and the high infection rate.

Most Peruvians view him as a frank-talking pioneer that has obtained on corruption, blowing off Congress annually at a brash move despised by taxpayers as a success against a dishonest category of pushing and priests initiatives to reform the way that judges are picked and pub politicians charged with offenses from running for office.

"He is the only president that - without a great deal of electricity - has confronted from these shameless men and women", explained Pedro Quispe, a retired educator out selling face masks to get a current moment.


Vizcarra had claimed that the move was a plot by Congress, which was elected in January after the president dissolved the previous parliament a year ago in the middle of a fight with the opposition over his anti-corruption reforms. "I do not run away, I have not done that in the past, and I will not do it now", Vizcarra said prior to the voting. "But corruption at middle income nations is never removed in one presidency".

Earlier this week, the country's top court rejected a request by Vizcarra to stop the impeachment proceedings.

"The best thing the president could do is go to Congress, explain the audios and go hibernate", said Alonso Cardenas, a politics professor at the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya university in Lima.

To what degree the current scandal could nonetheless taint the seven months he has left in office remains to be seen. He began by calling on members present in the chamber to avoid any intolerant gestures towards the head of state, although most of the 130 lawmakers joined the debate by video link due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken a heavy toll in the South American country.

His presidency, it appears, will be book-ended by crises.

"He is very isolated, very alone", Burt said.

Associated Press writer Christine Armario reported from Bogota, Colombia, and AP writer Franklin Briceno reported in Lima, Peru.

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