Pedro Castillo denies allegations of corruption, accusing economic groups of staging a ‘coup’ against his government.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo is facing an impeachment vote in Congress that could see the newly elected leader ousted just eight months after taking office and that would throw the nation into a fresh political crisis.
Castillo faced lawmakers in the unicameral legislature on Monday, ahead of a vote likely to take place after midnight.
“I shall always squarely face the nation… because I am subject to the rules of due process,” Castillo said at the opening of his hearing.
Congress voted to impeach Castillo, a former teacher from a peasant farming family, earlier in March over corruption allegations. He has denied the allegations and blames them on economic groups seeking a “coup” against his government.
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