Lawmakers vote on Peruvian president’s fate — RT World News

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo will remain in office after a failed attempt to impeach him for alleged corruption and moral incapacity, as the country’s opposition-led parliament voted to keep him in office.

Castillo is the subject of three preliminary investigations into possible corruption, which under Peruvian law cannot continue until he is in office. Lawmakers seeking to remove the president from office have also accused him of “permanent moral incapacity”, a term incorporated into Peru’s constitutional law.

On Monday, Peruvian lawmakers took part in an eight-hour debate aimed at defining the future of the South American nation and its leader. A total of 87 votes were needed to impeach Castillo but only 55 deputies voted in favor of the motion. Some 54 people voted against, while 19 chose to abstain.

“We were democratically elected and in that respect we are not going to disappoint. I hope this page will be closed today”, Castillo said in an interview hours before the vote.

“I will always face the nation…because I am subject to the rules of due process,” he said at the start of his impeachment hearing. Previously, Castillo had denied corruption allegations, blaming any right-wing groups he claimed to be. “plot a coup d’etat”.

The impeachment vote comes as Castillo’s government struggles to find support from the right-wing opposition to carry out long-awaited social reforms. Political turmoil in Lima forced the president to be sworn in to four different cabinets, with one prime minister lasting just three days in office.

Castillo is a former teacher and union leader from a peasant family. He was elected president of Peru last July. He is a member of the Marxist Free Peru party. Described as a moderate left-wing politician, he presents himself as a champion of the poor. During the election campaign, Castillo pledged to improve Peru’s education and health systems, but was unable to deliver on his promises due to opposition from right-wing groups.

“I salute that common sense, responsibility and democracy have prevailed”, Castillo tweeted after the impeachment vote failed. “I recognize the lawmakers who voted against the vacancy, and I respect the decision of those who did. I call on everyone to turn this page and work together for the great challenges of the country.

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