Peru opposition party demands resignation of President

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MNA International Desk: The rightwing opposition party that controls Peru’s Congress said it wants President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign by the end of Thursday and allow Vice President Martin Vizcarra replace him, the party’s spokesman said.

Daniel Salaverry, the spokesman for the Popular Force party, told a press conference that Kuczynski could no longer hold office after Brazilian builder Odebrecht reported having transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to him.

Kuczynski has previously denied any links to Odebrecht. On Wednesday, he denied wrongdoing but did not deny the transfers took place.

Cabinet members were shocked to learn on Wednesday about payments construction firm Odebrecht said it had made a decade ago to a company controlled by Kuczynski, said the sources. The president had repeatedly denied having any ties to Odebrecht, which is at the center of the biggest ever graft scandal in Latin America.

Key ministers as well as lawmakers within Kuczynski’s center-right party did not think Kuczynski had any hope of surviving the scandal and want him to step down, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

A spokeswoman for Kuczynski denied that he had lost any support. ‘That’s false,’ she said.

Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall street banker who was narrowly elected last year, has denied any improper earnings and offered to explain the matter to Congress.

The rightwing opposition party that controls Congress, Popular Force, demanded that Kuczynski tender his resignation by the end of Thursday as a leftist party prepared a motion to remove him from office. The two parties together control 82 seats in Congress. Eighty seven votes would be needed to impeach the president.