Peru's president escapes impeachment over graft

Dec 22, 2017, 5:29 AM EST
Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (right) allegedly received kickbacks from a Brazilian firm.
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Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, accused of receiving kickbacks from the tainted Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, narrowly survived an impeachment vote on Friday after the opposition failed to muster 87 votes required to oust him of the office.

Kuczynski has flip-flopped over his links with the company as he initially denied receiving any payments from Odebrecht only to admit later that he engaged with the firm on an advisory basis and accepted legal payments, notes the BBC.

Kuczynski’s threat that two of his vice-presidents would resign if he is forced out heightened a mood of political instability and could have impacted the proceedings in the Congress, writes The Guardian