President Castillo Faces Removal Once Again

For the second time in less than eight months, President Pedro Castillo faces removal by Peru’s Congress. By a vote of 76 for and 41 against (with one abstention), Congress voted yesterday to accept the motion of vacancy against President Castillo.

The vacancy motion was presented by the spokesman of Renovación Popular, Jorge Montoya, and has the support of his party as well as Fuerza Popular, Somos Perú, Avanza País, Podemos Perú and Alianza para el Progreso.

The President of Congress, Maria del Carmen Alva, proposed that on March 28th at 3:00 p.m., President Pedro Castillo or his lawyer will appear before Congress and will have 60 minutes to present his defense after which Congress will debate and vote on the impeachment motion. This proposal was approved by 86 votes in favor, 21 against, and 10 abstentions.

At issue according to the motion are President Castillo’s “contradictions and lies in fiscal investigations”, the “questionable” appointments of at least 10 ministers, the existence of an alleged parallel or ‘shadow’ Ministerial Cabinet, in addition to the President’s statements in an interview with the international network CNN regarding his intention to call for a referendum to grant Bolivia land allowing it access to the Pacific Ocean.

President Castillo had already requested and been granted permission to speak before Congress at 5 pm today.
For the second time in less than eight months, President Pedro Castillo faces removal by Peru’s Congress. By a vote of 76 for and 41 against (with one abstention), Congress voted yesterday to accept the motion of vacancy against President Castillo.

The vacancy motion was presented by the spokesman of Renovación Popular, Jorge Montoya, and has the support of his party as well as Fuerza Popular, Somos Perú, Avanza País, Podemos Perú and Alianza para el Progreso.

The President of Congress, Maria del Carmen Alva, proposed that on March 28th at 3:00 p.m., President Pedro Castillo or his lawyer will appear before Congress and will have 60 minutes to present his defense.

At issue according to the motion are President Castillo’s “contradictions and lies in fiscal investigations”, the “questionable” appointments of at least 10 ministers, the existence of an alleged parallel or ‘shadow’ Ministerial Cabinet, in addition to the President’s statements in an interview with the international network CNN regarding his intention to call for a referendum to grant Bolivia land allowing it access to the Pacific Ocean.

President Castillo had already requested and been granted permission to speak before Congress at 5 pm today.



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