Wednesday, December 8

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies approves impeachment impeachment of President Piñera


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The Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved this Tuesday after a marathon debate a political trial against President Sebastián Piñera, for his involvement in the controversial sale of the Dominga mining company in the Virgin Islands, a tax haven, revealed in the Pandora Papers.

The parliamentarians managed to gather the 78 votes that were required for the accusation they seek the removal of the President of Chile will advance towards the Senate. Piñera’s lawyer, Jorge Gálvez, closed his defense before the plenary and emphasized: “I beg you, honorable deputies and deputies, to reject this unjust and inappropriate constitutional accusation.”

Socialist Jaime Naranjo gave a speech lasting more than 15 hours to allow parliamentarian Giorgio Jackson, from the leftist Frente Amplio, to end his quarantine and be able to go to vote. “This was a gesture of political solidarity. It is good at all times to teach, help and support the younger generations, “said the veteran parliamentarian, 70 years old.

Jackson he was confined until 00:00 local time on Tuesday for being close contact with the presidential candidate Gabriel Boric, infected with covid-19 last week.

The telematic vote, which was in force during the toughest months of the pandemic, it was not enabled this time because the state of exception no longer applies, so Jackson’s presence in the hemicycle was essential. The presence of the Christian Democrat deputy Jorge Sabag, who in the afternoon had presented some physical discomfort, delayed his arrival from the southern city of Chillán to the Lower House in Valparaíso.

The strategy chosen by the opposition to delay the vote, strongly criticized by the ruling party, is known as parliamentary filibuster and it is used in different countries of the world, including the United States.

The accusation against the president will be discussed in the Senate – where a higher quorum of two thirds is required – just a few days before Chile holds on November 21 the most momentous and uncertain elections in its recent history in which it will be decided precisely to Piñera’s successor.

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