Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Resigns Ahead of Trial

HeadlineMar 22, 2018

In Peru, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned Wednesday, one day before he was scheduled to face an impeachment trial after videos surfaced showing his allies trying to bribe opposition lawmakers. In a national address, Kuczynski proclaimed his innocence even as he said he would step aside.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski: “In the face of this difficult situation that has developed and has unjustly made me appear guilty of acts that I have not participated in, I think the best thing for the country is that I resign as president of the republic.”

Vice President Martín Vizcarra will replace Kuczynski, who narrowly survived an impeachment vote late last year after he attempted to conceal his business ties to a Brazilian construction firm which is at the center of a massive corruption scandal that has spread across Latin America.

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