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Peruvian Vice-President suspended from Congress over corruption allegations

Tuesday, November 15th 2011 - 23:05 UTC
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Chehade is accused of asking the police to evict workers from his brother’s cooperative sugar plantation Chehade is accused of asking the police to evict workers from his brother’s cooperative sugar plantation

The ethics committee in Peru's Congress voted on Tuesday to suspend Vice President Omar Chehade from the legislature over corruption allegations, increasing pressure on him to resign from both posts.

Chehade, who holds a seat in Congress and is one of Peru's two vice presidents, has defiantly refused calls by President Ollanta Humala to quit and end the first scandal of his young presidency.

Chehade claims he is innocent of allegations that he asked a police general to help his brother evict workers from a cooperative sugar plantation to support a company that wants to take it over.

The ethics panel unanimously voted to suspend Chehade from Congress for 120 days and the entire legislature will likely vote on the motion next week.

Chehade has said he was taking leaves of absence from some duties but will hold onto his jobs while he defends himself in investigations by the attorney general and three congressional committees over illegal lobbying.

Humala, a populist former military officer, distanced himself on Sunday from Chehade, saying “We don't have any relationship with him at this time.”

But Humala effectively cannot fire Chehade and his power to end the scandal has been limited by the constitution, which says only Congress can remove a vice president from office in an impeachment proceeding.

The approval rating for Humala, who campaigned on promises to fight corruption, was 62% in the leading Ipsos poll before the scandal emerged, making him the most popular Peruvian leader in decades.
 

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • GeoffWard2

    A critical mass of SA countries taking a stand against corruption within their ranks could change the whole nature of the management of the countries within Unasur.

    There may come a 'Right Time' where all SA leaders rise up and stand together to remove this cancker from the body-politic.

    THEN, we will know that we have a continent that wants to join the world and is prepared to hold its head up high.

    Nov 16th, 2011 - 10:37 pm 0
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