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PERU: Kuczynski Says That Ousting Him Would Be A Coup D'tat

03/19/2018 - 18:08:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, said that ousting him on "moral incapacity" grounds would be equivalent to a coup d'tat.

"That would amount to a coup d'etat. I do not think it's going to happen, but it would be a coup d'etat," Kuczynski said in an interview with El Trome newspaper, about a motion to remove him from office.

The motion - the second in three months promoted by the opposition - is scheduled to be discussed and voted on Thursday. Last week, the discussion on the issue was approved with 87 votes in favor, 15 against and 15 abstentions in Congress.

"The article 117 of the Constitution says that the presidency can only be deemed as vacant if the President does not call elections or leaves the country without permission. These are very specific things that do not apply," Kuczynski said.

According to the request for dismissal, Kuczynski lied by denying his contractual relationship with Odebrecht and his ties with executives of the firm when he held a government position more than a decade ago, something that was later acknowledged by him.

For the presidential vacancy request to succeed, 87 votes are needed. Earlier this year, two vacancy motions against Kuczynski were presented by the New Peru and Broad Front parties due to his links with Odebrecht.

A first vacancy motion against Kuczynski was rejected in December last year after the opposition failed to gather the 87 votes needed to oust him, while Keiko Fujimori's party supported PPK in the vote.

According to ruling party officials, the new vacancy motions are a reaction of left-wing parties to the humanitarian pardon granted by the President to Alberto Fujimori, Keiko's father, a few days after the vote. Fujimori was convicted of crimes against humanity, among other things.

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