Peruvian President Up for Impeachment?!

By: Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary

The Peruvian Congress may try to carry a second motion of impeachment on scandal-plagued Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The first motion of impeachment, which failed, was because Kuczynski had pardoned former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. We must remember that Fujimori was responsible for wholesale human rights violations and crimes against humanity when he was president of Peru throughout the 1990’s. Fujimori had been in a Peruvian prison for his crimes until current President Kuczynski pardoned him citing “health reasons.” Why did Kuczynski pardon Fujimori? Because Alberto Fujimori’s son Kenji Fujimori promised to throw his full support behind Kuczynski if Kuczynski pardoned his father. The Peruvian Congress tried to impeach Kuczynski on this act, but supporters of Kuczynski managed to defeat the motion.

But now another scandal has broken out. This one over whether or not Kuczynski had any ties to the now disgraced Brazilian building corporation Oldebrecht SA. Oldebrecht became a conglomerate giant by giving bribes and using force and coercion on a massive scale in 12 countries in Latin America. The result has been earnings from such ill-gotten gains at U.S. $3.3 billion. Oldebrecht had bribed and gotten aid from government officials at the highest levels in 12 countries, and the president of the Dominican Republic has already been impeached because of his connection to Oldebrecht and the current president of Brazil may be the next target of a corruption probe. Now the president of Peru may be involved, and there is a second motion going through the Peruvian Congress to impeach him. Will this motion succeed where the first one failed? We will find out. President Kuczynski has warned both the press and his political opponents that chaos will reign in Peru if he is impeached. All I can say is that a president being embroiled in controversy and confrontational towards the press and his political opponents sounds very familiar.

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