The Latest: Peru congress accepts president's resignation

The Latest: Peru congress accepts president's resignation
Police in riot gear hold their ground during a demonstration against the country's political class, a day after the resignation of Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Peru's congress is gearing up to consider whether or not to accept Kuczynski's resignation following the release of several videos appearing to show allies offering state contracts in exchange for votes against his pending impeachment. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Peru’s political crisis (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Peru’s congress has voted overwhelmingly to accept President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s resignation.

By a vote of 105-12, lawmakers approved the resolution in a special session Friday.

The vote paves the way for Vice President Martin Vizcarra to be sworn in as his replacement later in a few hours.


8:45 a.m.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is threatening to withdraw his resignation offer because the proposed congressional resolution accepting it accuses him of “betraying the fatherland.”

Kuczynski says in a tweet that the proposed language is “unacceptable,” and if lawmakers press forward with the wording he would reverse his decision to quit, forcing congress to go forward with plans to try and impeach him.

Friday’s last-minute hitch comes as congress prepares to accept Kuczynksi*s resignation offer and swear in Vice President Martin Vizcarra as his replacement.