Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra. File photo

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picture captionMartín Vizcarra has been in energy since 2018

Peru’s Congress has began impeachment proceedings towards President Martín Vizcarra who’s accused of attempting to hinder a corruption investigation.

The transfer was backed in a 65-36 vote. Lawmakers are anticipated to debate subsequent week whether or not Mr Vizcarra needs to be eliminated for “ethical incapacity”.

He’s accused of misusing public funds after which attempting to cowl this up.

Mr Vizcarra, aged 57, denies any wrongdoing and accuses Congress of staging a political coup.

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What is the case about?

Friday’s session of Congress was known as after the top of Congress, Manuel Merino, was given leaked audio recordings through which Mr Vizcarra seems to debate methods of protecting up the alleged misuse of public funds.

The recordings are of conversations between Mr Vizcarra and authorities aides.

He’s heard telling aides to downplay particulars of his workplace’s hiring of a little-known singer, Richard Cisneros, to ship pro-government motivational talks. Cisneros was reportedly paid $49,500 (£38,000).

The opposition accuses the presidency of losing assets when odd Peruvians face financial hardship from the coronavirus disaster.

Greater than 30,000 folks have died of Covid-19 in Peru, which has one of many highest dying charges on the planet.

How has the president responded?

President Vizcarra, who took energy in 2018, denies all of the allegations.

Earlier on Friday, he described makes an attempt to take away him as “a plot to destabilise his authorities”.

In September 2019, Mr Vizcarra dissolved Congress, arguing that lawmakers have been obstructing his anti-corruption agenda.

No celebration received an general majority within the elections that adopted in January.

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