New Peruvian Leader Vows To Fight Corruption ‘At Any Cost’

www.oann.com | 3/23/2018 | Staff
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LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s new President Martin Vizcarra urged justice officials on Friday to act swiftly and join him in a fight against corruption “at any cost,” two days after his predecessor was toppled by a sprawling graft scandal.

In a speech before the opposition-controlled Congress after being sworn in, the 55-year-old Vizcarra said he would form a completely new Cabinet and make the economy more competitive by refocusing the government on sorely-needed infrastructure projects.

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Vizcarra, a tall and lanky former civil engineer, took office as a scandal involving Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] and bitter political feuds continued to roil one of Latin America’s most stable markets and the world’s No. 2 producer of copper.

Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who Vizcarra replaces, resigned on Wednesday in the face of near-certain impeachment over his ties to Odebrecht, which has acknowledged bribing officials across Latin America.

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Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Street banker who once held U.S. citizenship, was also dogged by vote-buying and influence-peddling allegations he denies.

Now that Kuczynski has lost his presidential immunity, a judge will decide on Saturday whether to bar him from leaving the country while prosecutors probe his ties to Odebrecht.

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Vizcarra said Peru’s justice system must act independently and swiftly to get to the bottom of the recent rash of graft allegations that have tainted several...
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