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After Peruvian president resigns, bishops urge moral, ethical recovery

Peru’s bishops called for Peruvians to work together to root out corruption in the wake of the resignation of the country’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, amid accusations of corruption.

The country is suffering from “a systemic process of corruption caused by the divorce between ethics and politics, reinforced by personal and group ambitions, exacerbated by impunity and abused by a system that sidesteps justice,” the bishops said in a statement read at a 22nd March news conference by Trujillo Archbishop Hector Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference.

The bishops called for the “ethical and moral recovery of the country, because high levels of corruption steal hope, especially from the poor and the young.”

They urged politicians and “all social forces” to create an “agreement for governance” of the country, which has been wracked by a corruption scandal involving bribes and kickbacks to politicians from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and its Brazilian and Peruvian partners.

Kuczynski announced his resignation in a brief televised address on 21st March, the day before he was to face an impeachment vote in Congress.

Picture: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski addresses the nation as he resigns on 21st March at the Presidential Palace in Lima. Kuczynski offered his resignation to the country’s congress, bowing to the mounting controversies that have been threatening his 19-month-old presidency. (CNS photo/Presidential Palace handout via Reuters).