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Peru's president faces impeachment move

Peruvian lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over allegations that he received bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to media reports.

The Associated Press said that 27 of 130 members of Peru's Congress voted in a special session to move ahead with the impeachment process against Kuczynski, who was a cabinet minister in a previous administration that awarded a major highway contract to Odebrecht.

Earlier this week, opposition lawmakers unveiled documents obtained from Odebrecht showing payments to Kuczynski's consulting firm, Westfield Capital, and to another company owned by his business partner.

In a televised address on Dec. 14, Kuczynski refused to step down and denied wrongdoing, saying his earnings from Westfield were duly reported to tax authorities. Last month, he also denied receiving campaign funds from Odebrecht.

Luis Galarreta, the president of Peru's Congress, said Kuczynski could be ousted within a week, Reuters reported, as opposition parties have enough seats to deliver the needed votes for his ouster.