Nov. 10 (UPI) — Peruvian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to question President Martin Vizcarra because the South American nation continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress voted 105-19 on Monday in favor of the opposition movement to take away Vizcarra, 57, a call the president mentioned he did not agree with however would not contest.

“I declare that with out agreeing with the choice, at this time I’ll go away the presidential palace and go to my house,” he mentioned in a nationwide deal with. “Historical past and the Peruvian individuals will choose the choices that every certainly one of us makes.”

In an announcement on Twitter addressed to the Peruvian individuals, he mentioned they have been his “assist and power” throughout his almost three-year presidency.

“I go away with a transparent conscience, my head held excessive and my responsibility achieved,” he wrote. “Till one other likelihood.”

Opposition lawmaker and the pinnacle of the Congress Manuel Merino is anticipated to be sworn in as interim president, as stipulated by Peru’s Structure, for the rest of Vizcarra’s time period, which ends in July.

The impeachment decision alleged corruption towards Vizcarra, who vowed to struggle that very crime when he was sworn in as president in 2018 following the resignation of his predecessor, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Kuczynski stepped down a day earlier than an impeachment vote following accusations of corruption.

Vizcarra has denied the accusations of accepting lots of of hundreds of {dollars} in bribes from corporations that received contracts when he was the governor of Moquegua in southern Peru.

Jo-Marie Burt, a senior fellow on the Washington Workplace on Latin America, a analysis and human rights advocacy group, mentioned on Twitter that the fees towards Vizcarra “appear to have some foundation to them” however that observers are not sure they’d warrant his impeachment.

“Vizcarra himself had promised to undergo an investigation on the finish of his time period,” she mentioned.

It’s the second time in months the opposition-dominated Congress held an impeachment vote to oust Vizcarra. In September, the trouble alleging he misused public funds solely gained the assist of 32 lawmakers. Vizcarra denied these accusations as effectively.

Following Monday’s impeachment vote, protesters towards the ousting of Vizcarra gathered close to the Congress constructing, Bloomberg reported.

The impeachment got here as Peru continues to battle one of many worst coronavirus outbreaks on the planet that has induced the nation’s economic system to contract 30.2% within the second quarter following a shrinkage of three.5% within the first.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins College have ranked Peru the 12th sickest nation to the pandemic, struggling greater than 922,000 infections together with almost 35,000 deaths to COVID-19.