Peru Congress Votes Not to Impeach President Over Corruption

Congress in Peru has voted not to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over alleged corruption.

There were cheers and applause in the chamber as his supporters celebrated the news.

Mr Kuczynski’s opponents wanted to impeach him for allegedly receiving illegal payments from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

The president appeared in person in Congress during the 10 hours of debate to deny the allegations.

He accused the opposition of trying to stage a coup.

The motion to impeach required at least 87 votes to pass, but received only 79, with 19 against and 21 abstentions. Ten other lawmakers failed to attend the session.

Mr Kuczynski, 79, initially denied receiving any money from Odebrecht. However, he later denied receiving any illegal payments but admitted working on an advisory basis for the firm.

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SOURCE: BBC News