Saturday, January 28

Pandora Papers: the Senate of Chile rejects the constitutional accusation against Piñera

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President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera

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The Senate of Chile rejected on Tuesday the constitutional accusation against the president, Sebastián Piñera, with which the opposition sought his dismissal for alleged irregularities in the sale of a controversial mining project, which were revealed in the Pandora Papers.

The 29 votes needed for the removal of the president were not reached during the debate that lasted for seven hours. The Upper House has 43 senators.

The accusatory text consisted of two parts: the first indicated that the president had violated the Constitution and the laws; and the second, of having seriously compromised the honor of the nation. In the enclosure, both were voted separately.

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The 29 votes necessary to impeach Piñera were not obtained.

In the end, the first obtained 24 votes in favor, 18 against and 1 abstention, while the second had 22 in favor, 20 against and 1 abstention. Neither of them reached the required three-quarters.

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