The Peruvian Congress has impeached the president

The Plenum of the Congress of Peru voted to remove from office President Martin Vizcarra, who is accused of bribery as governor of the Mokegua region in 2011-2014.

“One hundred and five votes in favor, nineteen against, with four abstentions. The vote is declared closed,” Congress Speaker Manuel Arturo Merino de Lama said following the vote, which was broadcast on the parliament’s Facebook page.

According to the law, the Speaker of Parliament Merino de Lama is to take the presidency; the ceremony of swearing in the new president of the republic will take place on November 10 at 17:00.

The reason for the impeachment was the testimony of four people who cooperate with the investigation into the corruption case during the construction in the Mokegua region in 2011-2014, which was then led by Martin Vizcarra. According to their testimony, as a result of the distribution of contracts, he received bribes in the amount of more than 600 thousand US dollars.

The head of state attended the meeting with a lawyer to exercise his right to defense. According to him, the investigation by the prosecutor’s office regarding his alleged crimes is at a preliminary stage and is based on the testimony of people who are seeking to reduce their sentence by cooperating with the investigation.