Tuesday, May 24

The Peruvian Congress approves to debate the impeachment of Pedro Castillo

The political crisis in Peru does not stop. Congress admitted this Monday to debate a motion for impeachment against Pedro Castillo and thus opened a new instance that paves the way for the possible impeachment of the president. With 76 votes in favor, 41 against and one abstaining, the Peruvian hemicycle in the hands of the opposition gave the green light for Castillo to go through a political trial and present his discharge before the plenary session on the 20 points in which support this initiative.

Congress would debate the request on March 28, just the day the president will complete eight months of management. For that, he must go to the camera or send his lawyer to exercise his right to defense. The request for dismissal was presented last week by the spokesman for the far-right Popular Renovation party, legislator Jorge Montoya, and had the block support of his group as well as the Fujimori party Fuerza Popular and the conservatives Acción Popular, Avanza País and Podemos. Peru, among others.

To give continuity to the process, the favorable vote of 50 of the 120 congressmen present in the plenary session was required, a goal that was widely exceeded. Unlike the first impeachment attempt, promoted by the opposition last November, this time there were enough votes to admit the process. The unknown is whether the opposition will reach the 87 votes needed for the motion to be approved and thus proceed with the removal of the ruler.

moral incapacity

The motion for vacancy, or request for dismissal, is based on the imprecise legal figure of “permanent moral incapacity.” Among the assumptions for its approval are the alleged “contradictions and lies of the president in tax investigations” and irregularities in military and police promotions, although the document also mentions the appointments of at least 10 ministers and the alleged existence of a “cabinet in the shadow” in the Executive.

Likewise, it alludes to the president’s intention to submit an exit to the sea for Bolivia to popular consultation and to the recent statements of a businesswoman who denounced to the Prosecutor’s Office an alleged network of corruption entrenched in the Executive, something that Castillo rejected and accused of being a plan of a sector of the opposition to remove him from power.

Prior to the debate on the vacancy motion, the Board of Spokespersons of Congress accepted Castillo’s request to appear before the plenary this Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement.

the fourth gcabinet by Pedro Castillo

Parliament’s decision to admit the request for presidential dismissal to debate came a week after the Chamber granted the vote of confidence to the new cabinet chaired by Aníbal Torres. This is the fourth ministerial team in a period of almost eight months, although the third did not even ask Congress for confidence because the person who headed it, legislator Héctor Valer, resigned a few days after taking office after it was revealed that he had complaints for alleged family violence.

Far from calming down, the appointment of the new cabinet once again fueled controversy due to the alleged lack of suitability of some of its members, especially the Ministers of Health and Justice, who next Wednesday will have to attend the plenary session of the Legislative to be questioned. , as a preliminary step to an eventual censorship.

The head of Health, Hernán Condori, will have to answer for allegedly having promoted pharmaceutical products without scientific support, such as agua arracimada, and for the investigation that follows him for alleged corruption during his tenure as director of Health of the central Andean region of Junin. For his part, the Minister of Justice must explain the alleged irregularities and complaints of negligence while serving as deputy attorney for the northern region of Ancash.