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The president of Peru accepts the resignations of three ministers in the midst of the crisis over the Odebrecht scandal

February 14, 2020
El presidente de Perú, Martín Vizcarra.

The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra. – PRESIDENCY OF PERU

MADRID, Feb. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, has accepted this Thursday the resignation of the heads of the ministries of Justice, Ana Teresa Revilla, Transport and Communications, Edmer Trujillo, and Education, Flor Pablo, with the corruption scandals of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht behind at least one of them.

The president of Peru accepts the resignations of three ministers in the midst of the crisis over the Odebrecht scandalThe president of Peru accepts the resignations of three ministers in the midst of the crisis over the Odebrecht scandal

These departures occur days after the former Minister of Energy and Mines Juan Carlos Lui resigned his position after acknowledging that he had held a secret meeting with representatives of the Brazilian company, immersed in countless cases of corruption throughout the continent.

The departure of these senior government officials joins that of the attorney general appointed for the 'Lava Jato' case, Jorge Ramírez, widely questioned for his alleged efforts in favor of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, designated as a network of bribes at the regional level in exchange for public works concessions.

One of these concessions, the one of the South Peruvian Gas Pipeline, was the one that caused the first resignation of Vicente Zeballos Cabinet. Juan Carlos Lui presented his resignation on Monday after allegedly incurring a conflict of interest by not communicating that one of his companies carried out advisory work for the construction company Odebrecht on this gas project when he was also an advisor to the Ministry.

Then, it was the Minister of Justice who presented her resignation on Thursday after Liu said it was she who requested to hold the meeting she held with several Odebrecht charges, and in which the general prosecutor Jorge Ramírez also participated.

At that meeting, the representatives of the Brazilian business giant announced the intention to file a lawsuit against the Peruvian State, as they finally did, after the Government decided to cancel the project due to the “notorious evidence of corruption” during the bidding process. Odebrecht filed a $ 1.2 billion lawsuit for, he said, to meet his commitments to the creditors and insurers he hired for the works.

The resignation of Revilla has triggered hours later the resignation for unknown reasons of the head of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, who on January 31 went to testify at the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor for the alleged irregularities that would have been committed in the construction of a hospital in the department of Moquegua, in the south of the country.

In the midst of this ministerial crisis, the Minister of Education has also decided on Thursday to present her resignation, although the reasons have not transcended.

Vizcarra has announced that this Thursday a ceremony will take place at the Government Palace in which the new four ministers will take office, as reported by the Andina news agency.

After Brazil, Peru is the country where the Odebrecht scandal has gained the most strength. The last four Peruvian presidents are under investigation regarding alleged bribes paid by the construction company, whose tentacles reach all areas of the region. One of them, Alan García (2006-2011), chose to shoot himself in the head when he was going to be arrested for his alleged involvement in one of these cases.

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