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Chile’s Pinera faces impeachment bid after Pandora Papers leak

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SANTIAGO, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Chilean opposition lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings towards President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday over doable irregularities within the sale of a mining firm, after new particulars emerged concerning the deal within the Pandora Papers leak.

The transfer comes after Chile’s public prosecutor mentioned this month it could open an investigation into doable bribery-related corruption prices in addition to tax violations associated to the sale. learn extra

The Pandora Papers are a cache of leaked paperwork that The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists says reveal offshore transactions involving world political and enterprise figures.

Among them are paperwork that seem to stipulate a deal involving the 2010 sale of the Dominga mine, a sprawling copper and iron challenge in Chile. At the time, Pinera, a billionaire businessman, was in his first yr of his first time period in workplace.

The leak stirred controversy in Chile as a result of it instructed the deal, which concerned a agency linked to Pinera’s household, was contingent on a good regulatory atmosphere. The sale had beforehand been examined and dismissed by courts in 2017.

Leftist decrease home lawmaker Jaime Naranjo, one of many drivers of the impeachment continuing, mentioned Pinera had “openly infringed the Constitution… seriously compromising the honor of the nation”.

Pinera has rejected the accusations and argued that each one the small print of the contract have been within the file already reviewed and that no irregularities have been discovered.

The controversy comes forward of presidential and legislative elections in November, with leftist events showing to be within the driving seat. Pinera is just not a candidate in these elections.

The impeachment course of would wish 78 votes within the decrease Chamber of Deputies to maneuver ahead, although it is not clear if it could make it by means of the Senate.

Reporting by Fabián Andrés Cambero; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Nick Macfie

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