The National Congress, Chile’s lower house of parliament, approved the impeachment of the country’s president Sebastian Pinery on Tuesday. The attempt to remove the head of state from office is related to corruption charges against him.
During the vote on Tuesday, 78 members of the National Congress voted in favor of the president’s impeachment, 67 were against and three MPs abstained.
According to the Chilean constitution, the final decision on the political future of Pinera will now be made by the Senate, in which the vote on the impeachment should take place within six days.
Pinera entangled in the “Pandora Papers” scandal
As reported in the Santiago de Chile daily “La Tercera”, the attempt to dismiss Pinery is related to the investigation launched after it was revealed that he and his family members are on the list of people involved in the “Pandora Papers” scandal, hiding their assets in tax havens before paying fiscal obligations.
According to the accusations against the head of state, a group of people associated with Pinera, including his two sons, allegedly concealed some of the funds from the privatization of Doming’s mining company in bank accounts in the Virgin Islands.
According to the accusers, the abuses by President Pinera and his closest circle were to take place in 2010, i.e. during the first term of office of the right-wing politician as head of state.
Especially the socialists and smaller left-wing groups in the Chilean parliament are in favor of removing Pinera from office.
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