Chile

The opposition deputies they started this Wednesday a impeachment process against the president of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, given the eventual irregularities in the sale of a mining company Minera Dominga, revealed in a journalist investigation, called Pandora Papers.

Despite the fact that the sale of the mining company in 2010 was studied and dismissed by the courts in 2017, a clause that conditioned a payment to the absence of regulatory changes last week rekindled the controversy surrounding the president, who was in his first term of office. government.

“The causes of this Constitutional Accusation are two: one because the President of the Republic has openly infringed the Constitution in relation to the principle of probity and secondly because it seriously compromised the honor of the nation,” said the socialist deputy Jaime Naranjo, one of the drivers of the action.

Among the arguments, the opponents argue that the government has avoided defining a protection zone that would affect the installation of the controversial project, which would be clearly linked to the case. The measure comes after the Prosecutor’s Office decided to open a new investigation into the case after determining that the details of the operation were not the main reason for the previous investigation, Reuters reported.

The president has rejected the accusations and argued that all the details of the contract were in the file, already reviewed, and where no irregularities were found. The controversy has gained relevance in the middle of the presidential and legislative campaign for the November elections, where the former student leader and deputy appears as the favorite Gabriel Boric, supported by a coalition of the leftist Frente Amplio and the Communist Party.

The Constitutional Indictment would have the 78 votes necessary to be approved by the deputies, but it is not yet unknown if it would advance in the Senate. The proponents of the proposal want the process to be resolved before the November 21 elections.

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