Peru Economy Minister Survives Congress Censure Vote
Sumaira FH 4 days ago Wed 16th September 2020 | 09:40 AM
Lima, Sept 15 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2020 ) :Peru's economy minister survived a censure motion in Congress on Tuesday, easing some of the pressure on President Martin Vizcarra days ahead of an impeachment vote in the same chamber.
Maria Antonieta Alva won a reprieve after lawmakers voted against her removal over her handling of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
"46 voted in favor, 73 against with 3 abstentions. Consequently the motion of censure has been rejected," Congress speaker Manuel Marino said after a five-hour debate.
Alva, a 35-year-old economist seen as a star member of Vizcarra's cabinet, had come under opposition pressure after months of economic crisis which has seen Peru's second-quarter GDP slashed by 30 percent.
Lawmakers who criticized her recovery plan needed 66 votes to carry the motion and oust her from office.
Alva's survival was a victory for Vizcarra, who faces an impeachment vote on Friday over allegations he incited aides to lie to anti-graft investigators.
He pushed back against his opponents on Monday, going on television to insist he was victim of a conspiracy after an anti-corruption crusade that has put him and his minority government at loggerheads with Congress.