Peru’s Congress Removes Comptroller for Serious Misconduct

Peru’s Congress Removes Comptroller for Serious Misconduct

Mike Dreckschmidt

Edgar Alarcí³n, Comptroller of the Republic, is removed by Congress in a favorable turn of events for President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

A congressional committee approved the removal of Edgar Alarcí³n from his post as Comptroller of the Republic after allegations were brought against him including coercion, mishandling of public funds and running a business while holding office, according to Reuters.

El Comercio also reports that the initiative to remove the Comptroller was led by Marco Arana from Frente Amplio (Wide Front, Peru’s left-wing party).

Edgar Alarcí³n, Reuters adds, was a major antagonist for Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. While in his position as Comptroller, he had opposed a number of major projects and led attacks against the President’s cabinet ministers that resulted in a number of forced resignations. The President and his cabinet also accused Alarcí³n of secretly recording meetings and releasing them to the public in an attempt to destabilize the government.

However, the President will have to seek a new Comptroller that the opposition majority in Congress will approve. Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) is still a strong presence in the government and must be negotiated with to move projects forward.

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