Peru president vowed to free Fujimori to win support -lawmaker

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LIMA, Dec 22 (Reuters) – A congresswoman in Peru said
embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski survived a vote in
Congress to oust him by promising some opposition lawmakers that
he would pardon the country’s jailed former authoritarian
leader, Alberto Fujimori.

Cecilia Chacon, a lawmaker with the opposition party Popular
Force, said the 10 abstentions by a faction in her party had
helped defeat its bid to oust Kuczynski in the wake of a graft
scandal, and that some of them had mentioned the promise.
“That’s what they told us,” Chacon said in broadcast comments.

Earlier on Thursday, Kuczynski’s government denied it was
negotiating a possible pardon for Fujimori in exchange for votes
to save him. Kuczynski pulled off a surprise victory after the
motion in Congress to oust him fell eight votes short of the 87
needed to pass.

Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence for graft and
human rights crimes during his 1990-2000 government.
(Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Kevin Liffey)