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Peru president survives impeachment vote amid virus Chaos

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra survived an impeachment vote Friday after opposition lawmakers failed to collect enough support to oust the leader as the nation deals with among the planet’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

The conclusion came after long hours of debate in which legislators blasted Vizcarra but also questioned if a hurried impeachment procedure would just create more chaos in the center of wellness and financial catastrophe.

“It is not the moment to go with an impeachment that would include even more issues to the tragedy we’re alive,” lawmaker Francisco Sagasti explained.

In the long run, just 32 lawmakers voted to remove the president while 78 voted and 15 abstained. A two-thirds bulk was required to oust Vizcarra.

The political feud was triggered by the release of many covertly recorded specimens that Vizcarra’s detractors assert show he attempted to block an influence-peddling probe. And despite the unsuccessful vote, that battle was likely to last, afflicting the president’s capacity to take forward his anti-corruption schedule might be forever stymied.

The political chaos rocking Peru has temporarily distracted attention in the outbreak, which has left hundreds of thousands ill from the South American country with the greatest per capita COVID-19 mortality speed around the planet.

In the middle of the ordeal is Vizcarra’s relationship with a little-known musician called Richard Swing and almost $50,000 in questionable contracts in which the entertainer was awarded by the Ministry of Culture for actions like inspirational speaking.

A secret sound recording shared with Edgar Alarcón — a lawmaker himself charged with embezzlement — seems to reveal Vizcarra coordinating a defense plan using two aides, attempting to get their stories directly on the number of occasions the musician had seen him.

In comments before Congress on Friday, Vizcarra asked for forgiveness to the upheaval the audios have created but insisted that he committed no offense. He called for proper identification and urged lawmakers to not violate Peru’s already precarious position by rushing through an impeachment proceeding.

“Let’s not create a new catastrophe, unnecessarily, which would mostly impact the most vulnerable,” he explained

Throughout a long day of debate, many lawmakers expressed frustration with Vizcarra, denouncing his apology because of a weak effort to make amends and demanding a comprehensive investigation.

But many legislators also said that they could not support an impeachment that itself was hurried and full of defects, held until an official probe reaches any decisions.

“This does not mean we are handing over a blank check,” one lawmaker warned.