Peru prosecutors to query president amid impeachment menace

Left-wing President Pedro Castillo faces questions over promotions for army officers as legislators weigh impeachment.

Peruvian prosecutors have referred to as President Pedro Castillo in for questioning as a part of an investigation into the promotion of sure army officers, including strain on the socialist chief as legislators weigh an impeachment course of.

Prosecutors are set to query Castillo on December 14 after two ex-military heads mentioned they have been relieved of their duties after refusing to advertise sure officers allegedly really helpful by Castillo.

The army leaders, Jose Vizcarra Alvarez, a military common, and Jorge Luis Chaparro Pinto, a common from the air drive, gave testimony earlier than Peru’s public prosecutor late final month, native newspaper La Republica reported on Wednesday.

The new allegations come as Castillo already faces the weakest second of his presidency, which started simply 4 months in the past.

Opposition legislators are urgent for doable impeachment, and his approval ranking has hit a report low of 25 p.c, based on pollster IEP.

Last week, prosecutors raided the federal government palace within the capital Lima, the place Castillo’s workplace is situated and located $20,000 in money in a toilet allegedly belonging to a senior adviser. Castillo fired the adviser and mentioned his administration is dedicated to preventing corruption.

“One thing Pedro Castillo had going for him as President of Peru was identity as ‘authentic’ man of the people, including absence of personal links to corruption,” Lima-based journalist Simeon Tegel wrote on Twitter.

“Now just as approval hits 25% that image is shattered. Hard to see him dodging impeachment, however unconstitutional.”

Castillo additionally allegedly held conferences at his private home with out disclosing them in his public agenda, native media reported on Sunday. Castillo denied any wrongdoing, saying the conferences had been of a private nature.

The allegations will add strain to an impeachment movement offered by a gaggle of legislators final week.

Congress is about to vote subsequent week on whether or not to start out the formal impeachment course of, with solely a easy majority wanted to proceed.

Castillo was elected earlier this yr by a razor-thin margin and holds only a minority of seats in Congress.

He beat right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, who has mentioned her social gathering members in Congress will help the impeachment.