In Chile, lower house approves impeachment trial of president
By 10 November 2021
President of Chile Sebastián Piñera (photo credit: Anadolu Agency)
The lower house of Chile’s Congress has approved the impeachment trial of President Sebastian Pinera over corruption allegations stemming from Pandora Papers leaks.
The vote early on Tuesday came after a last-minute effort by opposition members of the chamber, that extended the current session for hours and gave time for one legislator to be released from quarantine to cast his vote.
That gave parliamentarians in the Chamber of Deputies the 78 votes required to seek impeachment and advance proceedings to the Senate, which will act as a jury.
The vote comes less than two weeks before a November 21 general election, in which Chileans will pick a new president following Pinera’s two terms in office.
Read the full article here: Al Jazeera