New audios published this Sunday reinforce the idea that the president of Peru Martín Vizcarra and his environment they wanted to hide the relationship of the president with the singer Richard Swing, reason that the opposition uses to justify a political trial to remove him and succeed him in the Presidency.
These revelations coincided simultaneously with the Executive’s complaint that members of the opposition pressured to change the Constitution and postpone general elections already called for April 2021.
In addition, they also denounced that there were more contacts of the president of Congress, Manuel Merino, one of the promoters of the political trial that follows Vizcarra, with high positions of the Navy, prior to the uncovering of all this political scandal.
In case of successful dismissal, Merino would assume the Head of State. The new audios feature Karem Roca, the president’s secretary for more than ten years and apparent responsible for the recordings.
“Is a friend”
It is clear from the new recordings with greater force that, although the president denied being friends with SwingRichard Cisneros’ stage name, their relationship was much closer than he said.
“He is a friend, more than a friend,” the former secretary of the Presidency is heard saying Mirian Morales in a conversation with Roca, the alleged author of the recordings, in an audio broadcast by the Sunday program Panorama.
In that conversation, Morales and Roca mention up to five emails processed to allow Swing to enter the Government Palace and mention that He was personally received by Vizcarra, with special treatment, since he was allowed to enter with a mobile phone.
For now Vizcarra admits that he only ever met him, despite the fact that the tone and the comments of the interlocutors in the recording when referring to the subject point to a closer relationship.
The recordings reveal a deep antagonism from Roca towards Morales, whom responsible for “the lies” on this issue.
The homes of both were raided on Saturday by the Prosecutor’s Office along with Swing’s. It was also learned during television broadcasts that the two members of Vizcarra’s most intimate circle will leave their positions this Monday.
Morales resigned on Saturday after tax raidsWhile Roca, who publicly denied being the author of the recordings despite evidence to the contrary, will be fired on Monday, as announced by Prime Minister Walter Martos in an interview on the Sunday program Cuarto Poder.
These recordings will be extra material for the impeachment against Vizcarra that is scheduled for next Friday and that opened a new crisis between government and Congress in Peru that this time the political sign of the head of state can change.
The opposition promoted this process by publishing this Thursday some first recordings where the president allegedly tries to hide his connection with the artist.
There, Vizcarra and his assistants seem to coordinate the same version to offer the Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating whether Swing used his presidential friendship to obtain irregular contracts at the Ministry of Culture.
This Friday the Chamber voted to carry out the so-called vacancy motion, although the vote was narrower than expected for its promoters by the doubts that began to arise about the origin of the audios, the people who disseminated them and the efforts of Congress itself throughout this matter.
How likely is impeachment?
The government of the Peruvian president appealed this Monday to the Constitutional Court to paralyze the impeachment process, reported a lawyer.
“The executive power claim was filed against Congress (…). There is an improper use by Congress “of the power to declare the” moral incapacity “of the president, Luis Alberto Huerta, the attorney for constitutional issues at the Justice Ministry, told reporters.
Armed Forces Involved
This Saturday it was learned that the president of Congress, Merino, He had tried to contact the leaders of the Armed Forces. on several occasions.
Prime Minister Martos revealed precisely this Sunday that these attempts by the President of Congress date back to the end of August, when sought to meet with the commanding general of the Navy to discuss “an event” that would happen in September.
The prime minister made public this Saturday a call from Merino to the highest command of the Navy to anticipate to him, even before the motion of dismissal against Vizcarra was presented, what was going to happen and transmit “tranquility” to him.
These contacts were sharply denounced by the Government, which accused Merino of involving the Armed Forces. in this political process to have the support of the military in case he became the new president of Peru.
This feeds the idea of ”plot against democracy” that Vizcarra denounced, after there had been rumors for weeks that Congress was planning his dismissal in the midst of the health and economic crisis due to covid-19.
A presidential vacancy right now would be terrible
“A presidential vacancy at this time would be terrible, due to the instability that the country would have with this constitutional break. There are political interests behind this. It would be a total disaster for the country, “lamented Martos.
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Attempt to postpone elections
The Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ana Neyra, revealed on Channel N that different parties sought before this crisis to reach a consensus with Vizcarra constitutional reform to postpone the general elections from 2021 to 2023.
This proposal, fully rejected by Vizcarra, who assumed the Presidency in 2018 due to the resignation of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), it would make Peruvians go seven years without electing their president.
The objective of these opposition parties was extend their functions within a short-lived Congress after being elected in January 2020 in extraordinary elections, after the constitutional dissolution of parliament ordered by Vizcarra last year.
All this serious political crisis It occurs in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic, which has Peru as the first country in the world in mortality relative with more than 30,500 deaths (94 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the fifth globally in confirmed cases with almost 730,000 accumulated infections.