Chilean Senate rejects accusation against President Sebastián Piñera

The Chilean Senate began a session that Tuesday that decided the eventual removal of the president Sebastian Piñera for the case revealed in the Pandora Papers on the controversial sale of a mining company in an operation carried out in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.

During the afternoon of this Tuesday, said instance rejected the constitutional accusation against the president, after it was confirmed that the motion did not achieve the 29 votes in favor that it requires for its approval.

This is the second attempted impeachment of the president of chili that he took office in March 2018 and that after the social crisis of 2019 did not manage to recover from one of the most difficult periods in the 31 years of democracy.

The Upper House established for this Tuesday a special double session in Parliament that will last for more than 10 hours to address the terms in which the Dominga mining company was sold by a company of its children in 2010.

“We come with the conviction to have a deep and serious debate, so that once and for all corruption is taken seriously. You cannot continue to lower her profile, she cannot be minimized or naturalized ”, asked one of the accusing deputies, Leonardo Soto, of the Socialist Party.

“My hand is not going to shake to decide either of the two alternatives,” the senator of the National Renovation (RN), Manuel José Ossandón, warned the day before.

Pinera He is accused of violating the principle of probity and the right to live in a pollution-free environment, and of having compromised the honor of the nation.

The Pandora Papers were the latest investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that exposed the hidden fortunes of various personalities who would be among the most influential in the world.

According to the investigation of the Chilean media CIPER and LaBot, included in the Pandora Papers Piñera’s sons sold the Dominga mining company to businessman Carlos Alberto Delano – a close friend of the president – for 152 million dollars.

With information from AFP