Ex-strongman's son in Peru to form own bloc in congress

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Ex-strongman's son in Peru to form own bloc in congress
Congressman Kenji Fujimori holds a press conference at the Legislative Palace, to speak on his expulsion from the Peruvian political party loyal to his father, former President Alberto Fujimori and that is led by Kenji's sister, in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The political party expelled the ex-strongman's son Tuesday as a rift widened between his two children over the party's botched attempt to oust Peru's current president in December. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The son of former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is forming his own bloc in congress after being kicked out of the party led his sister.

Kenji Fujimori announced Wednesday that he and nine other lawmakers from the Popular Will party will henceforth support President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Fujimori abstained from voting for Kuczynski’s impeachment in December, bucking a drive led by Popular Will leaders to remove the unpopular president from office.

Days later, Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori’s father, former President Alberto Fujimori, from a 25-year jail sentence in what many Peruvians believe was a quid pro quo deal. Both Kuczynski and Kenji Fujimori have denied that.

Popular Will is led by Kenji Fujimori’s older sister Keiko, who narrowly lost to Kuczynski in the 2016 presidential election.