Peruvian Congress files motion of censure against Transport Minister for alleged corruption

Congressmen from different benches of the Peruvian Parliament have presented this Wednesday a motion of censure against the Minister of Transport and Communications, Geiner Alvarado, investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office for an alleged crime of criminal organization when he was in charge of the Ministry of Housing.

“To censure the Minister of Transport and Communications, Geiner Alvarado Lopez, for his ‘manifest moral incapacity and lack of suitability for the exercise of the position’,” reads the motion with signatures of congressmen from different political forces, as reported by ‘El Comercio’.

The parliamentarians have agreed to present the motion against Alvarado after considering “his manifest moral incapacity and lack of suitability for the exercise of the office.”

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Last Monday, Minister Geiner Alvarado appeared before the Peruvian Congress to respond to two pliegos interpelatorios. The also former Minister of Housing is accused of belonging to a criminal organization that would have directed the bids of several public works, as reported by RPP radio station.

With 86 votes in favor, 12 against and 1 abstention, the plenary of the Congress approved to question the head of the Ministry of Transportation
for allegedly meeting with the first lady, Lilia Paredes, her sister Yenifer Paredes, the mayor of Anguía, José Medina, as well as with other businessmen for the awarding of works in Chota (Cajamarca department), Chachapoyas (Amazonas region) and Cajatambo (in Lima department).

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If the motion of censure, which must gather the vote of more than half of the Congress, goes ahead, the Minister of Transportation should resign by force and the President of Peru should accept such a decision.

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