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Peru Probes Ex-President Kuczynski for Alleged Vote Buying

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Pedro Pablo KuczynskiPhotographer: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

Peru’s Attorney General Pedro Chavarry opened a preliminary investigation into former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and current vice president, Mercedes Araoz, for alleged vote buying to avoid impeachment, the office said in a post on Twitter.

The Attorney General claims Kuczynski, Araoz and lawmakers Carlos Bruce, Marvin Palma, Maritza Garcia and Lucio Avila committed bribery, influence trafficking and belonging to a criminal organization causing damage to the state. Former agriculture minister Jose Arista is also being investigated for alleged bribery in the case.