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Thu Mar 15, 2018, 11:30 PM

Peruvian Congress approves impeachment trial against president

Peru's Congress has voted by a wide margin to allow impeachment proceedings to begin against President Pedro Kuczynski over his ties to the Brazilian construction giant implicated in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.

It's the second time lawmakers are threatening the former Wall Street investor with removal.

Opposition leaders attempted to impeach Kuczynski last year after an investigation revealed Odebrecht had made $782,000 in payments to his private consulting firm more than a decade earlier.

Kuczynski narrowly avoided being voted out after a small opposition faction including the son of then-jailed former President Alberto Fujimori abstained.

Days later, Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori from a 25-year jail sentence for human rights abuses committed during his decade-long rule.

At: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/latin-america/peruvian-congress-approves-impeachment-trial-against-president.phtml

Peru's Congress, legislative chamber.

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Fri Mar 16, 2018, 01:08 AM

1. Do you think they'll get Kuczynski this time? They won't give up, if they fail.

It appears as if the supporters of the bloodthirsty, murderous kleptomaniac Fujimori's daughter, Keiko, fully expect to keep fighting everyone until they get the next dictator into the Presidency.

It's a shock to realize a daughter of a man who used death squads, and who sterilized a huge number of Peruvian indigenous women, descendents of the amazing Inca Empire, (until the racist, bloodthirsty invaders arrived) in a vile action designed to dramatically reduce the number of children being born to indigenous parents in the next generation. It was viewed as another way to commit genocide.

It really is horrid if they remove Kuczynski. It leaves the Presidency so vulnerable to being seized, so way, by the Fujimori clan. It was a hideous mistake when Kuczynski allowed Fujimori to get out of his earned prison sentence when he claimed to be too ill to last in prison. It seems possible Kuczynski believed that if he did them such an enormous favor, they would stop trying to overthrow him.

As if!

For anyone who hasn't learned about this man's earlier life, here's a short biography:

Kuczynski was born in Lima to European immigrants. His Polish-German father, Maxime Hans Kuczynski, was an accomplished doctor noted for his research on health issues in the Amazon rainforest and Andean highlands. His French mother taught literature.

Kuczynski earned bachelorís degrees in politics and economics from Oxford University and a masterís in economics from Princeton. Kuczynski went to work in economic research for the World Bank in 1961, where he gained expertise in mining and extractive industries on projects in Chile, Argentina, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and Honduras.

Kuczynski left the World Bank to work at Peruís central bank, where he helped engineer a currency devaluation and debt restructuring as a consultant to President Fernando Belaunde. In 1968, populist military general Juan Velasco seized power in a coup díetat. Kuczynski went into exile in the United States, where he returned to work for the World Bank on Latin American studies and mining projects.

In 1980, Kuczynski returned to Peru to join the second presidential campaign of Fernando Belaunde. Upon his election, Belaunde appointed Kuczynski as Minister of Energy and Mines. Kuczynski left Belaundeís government in 1982 and spent the rest of the 1980s and 1990s working in international banking and private equity.


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This is a case in which no doubt many people would rather keep this man, if the claims against him are true, since the alternative is unbearable.

Thanks for the news, sandensea.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 07:20 PM

2. Well said.

I'm not as versed in Peruvian politics as you are; but it does indeed sound as though Fujimori and the far right are making hay out of this to seize power.

Now then if these charges are substantiated, and Odebrecht documents do indeed seem to corroborate, Kuczynski make Keiko's job that much easier.

Unlike in Argentina, Peru's far right doesn't appear to need to frame their opponent in this case unfortunately. It's a shame.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 01:37 AM

3. You're right. It appears Kuczynski gave them all the weapons they needed. n/t

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