Peru Congress rejects motion to begin impeachment of President Pedro Castillo

Peru’s President-elect Pedro Castillo waves upon his arrival at the Palacio de Torre Tagle, in Lima, Peru.

Peru’s Congress voted against a motion to start an impeachment process against President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday, giving the under fire leftist leader some breathing room.

The unicameral legislature vote saw 46 lawmakers in favor and 76 against the motion, with four abstentions. It had needed 52 votes to pass, which would have forced an impeachment trial with a higher threshold to remove Castillo from office.

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