Peru’s President offers to resign over vote-buying scandal

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal.

He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the country’s development.

“I don’t want to be an obstacle blocking our nation from finding the path to unity and harmony that it so much needs and which I was denied,” he said, adding that the campaign in favor of his removal had caused “enormous damage” to Peru’s democracy.

Party leaders in congress later agreed to accept President Kuczynski’s resignation. He had been facing an impeachment vote on Thursday.

Pressure has been growing after footage emerged of his allies offering opposition politicians financial rewards if they backed him in the vote.

The scandal involving bribes paid by Brazilian construction companies to politicians has made another high-profile victim in Latin America.

Four years after the beginning of the investigations, Brazil’s “car wash” scandal is impacting politics in the region.

Next week, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, a front-runner in presidential polls ahead of elections in October, could be sent to jail.

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