Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Peru: Castillo denies corruption ahead of impeachment attempt

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peruvian President Pedro Castillo denied Tuesday that he was “corrupt” in two public engagements, a day before a third attempt to remove him from parliament and a fifth wave of COVID-19 affecting the Andes. beech-19 infection.

Castillo, whom the prosecutor’s office is preliminary investigating in several corruption casessaid at a police school in the capital that “a certain sector” intends to “set democracy in motion”, “to take advantage and take the power that the people took to the polls, tired of being postponed and that Given that some wanted to continue dividing Peru.”

Later, the president met with mayors and newly elected governors, who will serve for four years from January, and in his speech insisted that the opposition in a unicameral parliament has no agenda for the country, but only a “vacancy, Allegations, issues, signatures” against him.

He lashed out at opponents for going in search of direct evidence against him. “They want to find a message where it says ‘you’re going to be a minister, but something in return’, as it always was.” But he assured, he had come to end “all that political rot”. Despite his comments, he said he continues to reach out to Parliament, as it is a democratic government.

The future of the President is in the hands of the opponents. On Wednesday, after a debate that is expected to start at 3pm local time, parliament will vote on the possible dismissal of the president. A day before the session, it is still uncertain whether the opposition will gather the necessary 87 votes from the 130 legislators who make up the unicameral Peruvian parliament.

Since he began his administration 16 months ago, Castillo has maintained friction with the legislative opposition, which twice failed to remove the president for lack of votes. For “permanent moral incapacity”, a reason without “objective definition”, according to experts. In the 19th century it meant “madness”, but many now associate it with corruption.

Castillo has had several preliminary tax investigations, most for alleged corruption. Tax hypothesis confirms that Castillo leads a criminal organization And corruption would have happened.

In Peru, a president cannot be prosecuted during his government, except for treason, dissolution of parliament, not calling elections, or preventing the operation of electoral bodies or Congress Is.

According to all polls, the parliament is very unpopular among Peruvians, more so than the president. 86% disapprove of his management, while 10% approve. Castillo adds 61% unpopularity and 31% popularity, according to a November poll by the Institute of Peruvian Studies.

The Andes suffer the most severe drought in half a century amid a power struggle in the capital And thousands of rural villages suffer from a lack of rain that prevents them from starting potato sowing. Natural pastures have begun to shrink, leading to the death of sheep and camels.

The government also claims that for a week the country has faced a fifth wave of infection by the new coronavirus. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, more than 217,000 people have died and 4.3 million have been infected, according to official figures.

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