The motion to remove Castillo from office does not reach the votes in the Congress of Peru | International

Peruvian politics passed a new knot this Monday, although the episode could be repeated in the short term. Since 2016, when Congress began to use the “permanent moral incapacity vacancy” against each president – an imprecise constitutional figure that, if it has 87 votes, allows the president to be removed – the destinies of the country seem trapped in the eternal struggle between the Executive and Legislative.

This Monday, in 13 minutes, President Pedro Castillo presented his defenses before a vacancy motion promoted by the opposition due to tax and journalistic complaints for interest trafficking and collusion, in which an interest manager, the former Secretary General of the presidency, three of his nephews and businessmen who sought to contract with the State. After 11:15 p.m. local time, the vote was 54 parliamentarians against, 55 in favor and 19 abstentions.

In December, a first motion against the president -due to similar questions- did not obtain enough votes to be admitted for debate. Given the continuous use of said figure by Congress, the discredit of that power of the State increases every month. According to a survey by the Institute of Peruvian Studies released this Monday, 79% of those consulted disapprove of Parliament and 17% approve of it.

Last Friday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a statement to reiterate its concern about “the use of this legal figure in a repeated and discretionary manner”, because “it has been promoted six times since December 2017, contributing to the problems governance of Peru, a country that has had five presidents and three parliaments since 2016 as a result of the confrontations between the different public powers”, he described.

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