The Congress of Peru approved on monday initiate impeachment proceedings against peter castlea measure promoted by the opposition that seeks, for the second time in less than four months, the removal of the leftist president amid accusations of corruption and low popularity.
With 76 votes in favor, 41 against and one abstention, the Congress admitted the opening of the process and the head of parliament, Maria Antoinette Álvasummoned the president to attend on March 28 and respond to the accusations of alleged constitutional offenses during his functions.
This Tuesday, Congress is waiting for Castillo to give a “message” to the country, according to a request sent by the president to parliament on Friday. The president had overcome a first impeachment attempt in December because he did not pass the fence of 52 votes.
To expel Castillo, parliament must gather at least 87 votes from the 130 lawmakers. Something unlikely due to the divisions in the opposition. Congress last week gave its vote of confidence to a fourth cabinet of Castillo’s ministers, Reuters reported.
Castillo can go to Congress with his lawyer or send his defense attorney alone to answer the accusations. Peruvian media published statements by the businesswoman at the end of February karelim lopez before the prosecution, which investigates alleged acts of corruption in the Government, in which it links Castillo with alleged irregular acts.
Among other offenses, the opposition says that Castillo allegedly committed “treason against the country.” In January, the president planned a popular referendum to decide on an exit to the sea for Bolivia during an interview with the international network CNN. The Foreign Ministry later said in a statement that what Castillo said should not be seen as affecting sovereignty.
The attempt to kick Castillo out is promoted mainly by three right-wing parties, including that of the former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori who lost last year’s elections. The opposition alleges that Castillo, who denies the accusations, has “moral incapacity” to govern.
Since taking office, Castillo has appointed four cabinets. His third prime minister lasted just a few days before resigning after hearing a complaint of domestic violence. Despite everything, the economy grew by 13% in 2021 and the local currency, the sol, has recovered ground after falling to its worst level in October.