Lawmakers of Peru's opposition-ruled Congress decide whether to remove Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from office in Lima, Peru, December 21, 2017. (REUTERS/Mariana Bazo)
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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski defied ardent calls by opposition lawmakers demanding his impeachment over ties to the Brazilian construction giant implicated in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal in a late Thursday night vote that his proponents hailed as a triumph for the nation's democracy.Applause erupted inside Congress and his supporters cheered and waved Peruvian flags outside as it became clear Kuczynski would remain president.In Peru, two former presidents stand accused of accepting money from Odebrecht.Some of the payments overlapped with years that Kuczynski spent as a high-ranking government minister.The vote was pushed by the opposition Popular Force party led by Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori. She narrowly lost to Kuczynski in last year's presidential election.
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