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"We need 16 more votes," Deputy Celeste Amarilla from the Liberal Party had said early, but the Colorado party of Benitez holds the majority within the legislative body.
Paraguay's Chamber of Deputies rejected an impeachment request submitted by the opposition on Wednesday, as people took to the streets demanding that President Mario Abdo Benitez resigns over accusations of corruption and mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opposition needed 53 votes to move on with the impeachment. "We need 16 more votes," Deputy Celeste Amarilla from the Liberal Party had said early, but the Colorado party of Benitez holds the majority within the legislative body. However, the official noticed that they were not "looking for votes; we are presenting this measure because people took to the streets to ask for it."
Cámara de @DiputadosPy rechazó Jucio Político contra el presidente Mario Abdo Benitez.#Paraguay En las afueras del congreso se inician las protestas. Manifestantes exigen la caída del gobierno por su mala gestión sanitaria y casos de corrupción. pic.twitter.com/1KnsacOHQY
"Chamber of @DiputadosPy rejected the Political Judgment against President Mario Abdo Benitez. #Paraguay Protests begin outside congress. Demonstrators demand the fall of the government for its poor health management and corruption cases."
Protestors have been demonstrating for more than a week with violent clashes with the police. teleSUR correspondent in Paraguay Osvaldo Zayas reports that farmer's organizations have summoned for rallied in the coming days.
Last year the government requested millionaire loans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic but the people questions where it was allocated to after a critical shortage of medical supplies and vaccines. Zayas explains that this is the second impeachment threat upon Abdo, whose term must end in 2023.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | Opposition lawmakers in Paraguay have presented impeachment charges against the president and vice president. While a total of 37 lawmakers are expected to vote in favor of the impeachment, 53 votes are needed for the process to move forward. pic.twitter.com/5oXRRWQMcu