The entire opposition of Chile in the Chamber of Deputies, from the Christian Democrats to the Communists, jointly presented a Constitutional Indictment against the president. Sebastin Piera. This first step for the political trial clouds the last months of the conservative at the head of the neighboring country.
While for the opposition the arguments are forceful to pursue the dismissal of Sebastin Piera she is parliamentary for serious breaches of “probity” and for “seriously compromising the honor of the Nation”, for the ruling party it is just an electoral movement ahead of the presidential elections in November. But on what is the request for impeachment based president of the trans-Andean country?
What is Piera accused of?
The investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed that the family of Sebastin PieraHis sons, in particular, sold the Dominga mining project to businessman Carlos Alberto Dlano, a childhood friend of the head of state, in 2010.
The dark thing about the matter, and that it indicated irregularities, is that part of the sale was carried out in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands. This would be carried out in three installments and it was established that the payment of the last one was subject to the fact that the area where the mining was located could not be declared a protection zone.
What happens is that the latter depends on Piera, who by then had been in charge of the Chilean presidency for nine months. Indeed, the place where the construction of the Dominga mining company was planned was never declared a protected area.
What is Dominga mining
The Dominga mining project consists of an iron and copper open-pit mine in the Coquimbo region (Atacama desert). Although it was approved by a regional court, it is not yet under construction as appeals were filed with the Supreme Court.
In addition, includes the construction of a new port in an area close to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, located in an archipelago where 80% of the world population of this species lives.
What are the steps to follow
After the accusation was presented, the Chamber of Deputies formed a commission that will be in charge of drafting an opinion recommending or not pursuing the political trial. The commission was formed by lottery by two government legislators and three opponents.
The Lower House will then have to debate whether to continue or not, although it is expected that it will have the green light since the opposition has a comfortable majority in Deputies. If approved, go to the Senate, to serve as judge. So that Piera is removed, two-thirds of the votes of the Upper House are needed.