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Peru Congress votes in favor of ouster of President Vizcarra in impeachment trial

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra addresses lawmakers at Congress, as he faces a second impeachment trial over corruption allegations, in Lima, Peru November 9, 2020. Peruvian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s Congress voted to oust President Martin Vizcarra on Monday in an impeachment trial over corruption allegations, the second such effort to remove him in a matter of months.

The opposition-dominated Congress achieved the 87-vote threshold out of 130 needed to oust the centrist leader over accusations that he accepted bribes as a governor from companies that won public works contracts.

Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Kim Coghill