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    Peru Prosecutors Seek Travel Ban for Outgoing President Kuczynski

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Peru’s prosecutors are seeking to bar outgoing President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the country where he is suspected of corruption, local media reported.

    A motion requesting a travel ban for the 79-year-old was submitted Wednesday to an anti-corruption investigative court, according to the Lima-based El Commercio publication.

    Kuczynski tendered his resignation a day before the Congress was to hold a vote of confidence in him for allegedly receiving money from scandal-hit Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

    The parliament agreed late on Wednesday to move forward with the resignation process. Vice President Martin Vizcarra is expected to be sworn in as acting president in place of Kuczynski on Friday.

    "Peru is above all and we must move forward with the process of the president’s resignation," Congress President Luis Galarreta said at a news conference. Galarreta told reporters that parliamentary leaders had tentatively agreed to accept the resignation. The Congress will meet for a plenary session on Thursday afternoon.

    Pablo Kuczynski survived a similar vote on suspicion of corruption in December after Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht informed the Peruvian parliament that it had transferred a total of $4.8 million to companies linked to Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012.

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