LIMA – Peru’s Vice President Martin Vizcarra arrived in Lima on Thursday from Canada to be sworn-in as president.
Vizcarra, who was received by hundreds of supporters at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, will replace Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after he stepped down earlier this week.
The vice president, a civil engineer, had been also serving as Peru’s ambassador to Canada when President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tendered his resignation on Wednesday, a day before an impeachment vote against him in parliament over his links to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Kuczynski, who was elected president in 2016 for a five-year term, told supporters on Friday that he had been the “victim” of a “trap.”
The opposition party Popular Force recorded Kenji Fujimori and other allies of the president trying to buy the vote of lawmaker Moises Mamani ahead of Thursday’s congressional debate on the Kuczynski’s impeachment.
On Thursday, the parliament debated the resignation of the president and adjourned the session until Friday, when it will be put to a vote.
Congress president, Luis Galarreta, will then swear in Vizcarra as the country’s new president.