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Peru: Kuczynski Threatens to 'Withdraw' His Resignation, Wants Congress to Accept His Terms

  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has threatened to withdraw his resignation from the presidency of Peru.

    Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has threatened to withdraw his resignation from the presidency of Peru. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 March 2018

On Friday Kuczynski said the fact that Congress was considering a "legislative resolution" was "unacceptable."

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned that he would withdraw his resignation from the presidency of Peru if the Congress decides to proceed with impeachment proceedings against him.  


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In a message posted to his official Twitter account shortly after 8 a.m. Friday Kuczynski said the fact that Congress was considering a "legislative resolution" was "unacceptable."  

He added that if this option was perused he would withdraw his resignation letter and "submit to the regular vacancy procedure where I exercise my right of defense."

Kuczynski, a former Wall Street banker, resigned Wednesday after accumulating multiple accusations of corruption.

"The People Demand General Elections Now" Peruvians participate in a demonstration calling for elections as the Congress holds a session to decide on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s resignation in Lima, Peru, March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Peru's congress had already tried to oust him back in December after accusations had surfaced linking him to a corruption scandal related to Odebrecht firm, the Brazilian construction company that has admitted bribing senior officials all over Latin America in exchange of tempting contracts.

It is now accepted that Kuczynski had reached a shady deal with a dissident faction of the Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) opposition party, led by siblings Keiko and Kenji Fujimori to avoid impeachment.

Kuczynski reportedly agreed to pardon former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, accused of human rights violations, in exchange of Kenji's faction abstaining from voting at a congress session that would've impeached him.

Alberto reunited with Keiko and Kenji, his daughter and son, but the move to save their father worsened the dispute between the siblings.

Two days before the new voting session that would decide Kuczynski's fate, Keiko Fujimori released videos showing her brother Kenji negotiating with a Popular Force representative on behalf of Kuczynski in exchange of public works in their districts.

The new scandal proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back, and Kuczynski decided to resign instead of facing an almost certain impeachment process.

Kuczynski has, however, failed to accept his responsibility in the matter, saying that he was resigning because of the general “ungovernability” atmosphere which didn't allow him to continue.

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