Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigns amid corruption scandal

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Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation after secret video recordings entangled him in a new corruption scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, plunging one of Latin America’s steadiest economies into a political crisis.

It was unclear if the opposition-controlled Congress would accept his resignation or proceed with a vote on Thursday to force him from office.

In a televised message to the nation Kuczynski said he would offer his resignation to avoid being an “obstacle” to the country but continued to deny any wrongdoing.

Just 19 months into his five-year mandate Kuczynski is the first sitting president in Latin America to be forced out due to links to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has been at the centre of continent’s biggest corruption scandal

Read more : The Guardian, 22.03.2018