(Bloomberg) — The session on a vacancy motion against Peru’s president was likely suspended amid scenes of disorder in Congress, as Pedro Castillo faces his second impeachment attempt in his eight months in office.
During the discussion before the Congress of Castillo’s lawyer, a legislator of the position raised a sign that said “Vacancy now!”, which did not result in shouting and did not result in the session being suspended.
The opposition’s attempt to oust Castillo for “permanent moral incapacity” requires the support of at least 87 of the 130 lawmakers in a vote scheduled for Monday night.
The fact that the process will start with the support of 76 legislators in the unicameral congress suggests that the decision will be difficult.
If Congress decided to remove him, the vice president, Dina Boluarte, would take over as head of state.
The president told lawmakers that the accusations against him are speculation and blamed the biased media for trying to impeach him. The session was suspended for an hour due to disorder.
The first eight months of Castillo, a former school teacher little known until he won the first round of Peru’s presidential elections in April, have been plagued by political crises, changes in his allegiances in Congress and allegations of corruption. Last month, the president named Aníbal Torres as his fourth prime minister since late July in a bid to stabilize his government.
Peruvian laws make it easy to remove a head of state in relation to the sea. Former President Martín Vizcarra was impeached less than two years ago.
Still, investors have largely taken political volatility in stride. The sol has advanced more than 7% this year and the stock market is the best performer of 92 indices in local currency terms in 2022, gaining more than 20%.
Impeachment process in Peru suspended amid disorder in Congress
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