The government of the Peruvian president, Martín Vizcarra, appealed this Monday to the Constitutional Court to paralyze the impeachment process of the president that Congress will vote this Friday, informed a lawyer.
“The lawsuit alleges that there is an improper use by Congress regarding its power to declare vacancy due to moral incapacity”, Explained the attorney for constitutional issues of the Ministry of Justice, Luis Alberto Huerta. “The precautionary measure is aimed at temporary suspension of the procedure that has been given with the motion of vacancy; until the Constitutional Court rules on the jurisdictional claim”,
Congress will vote on Vizcarra’s dismissal on Friday, after initiating a process for having allegedly urged to lie to two advisers investigated in a case of alleged irregularities in the contract of a singer, according to audios released on Thursday.
Vizcarra, who lacks a party and bench, must appear before the plenary on Friday to offer his discharges, after which the 130 legislators will debate and proceed to vote. 87 votes are needed to remove him.
However, the parliamentary session could be suspended by order of the Constitutional Court, although it has not ruled on the merits of the government’s appeal, as confirmed by Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña, one of the seven magistrates of that court, whose rulings are unappealable.
“We what we have the power to paralyze the process of the vacancy process if we consider that there are elements, indications, of violation of competences who has filed the claim, “said the magistrate to the channel America Television. “That means that on the 18th a session was scheduled to vacate the president and there is a precautionary (measure) given by us, that session could not take place,” he clarified.
If the president is removed from office, power would be assumed by the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, who was also in the eye of the hurricane for having sought support from the military leaders to push the motion against Vizcarra.
On Saturday, the prosecution raided the homes of those involved in the case, such as a little-known singer who won government contracts for motivational talks for $ 49,500 and two trusted officials from Vizcarra.
All of them were protagonists of conversations in leaked and broadcast audios on Thursday in Congress, which in a quick decision approved the next day with 67 votes the request to initiate the impeachment against Vizcarra.
In the midst of this political crisis that emerged in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Peruvian Congress votes on Monday a motion of censure to the Minister of Economy and Finance, María Antonieta Alva, which implies her departure from office if approved.
(With information from AFP and Reuters)