Madrid, Oct 21 (EFE) .- The president of the Senate of Chile, Ximena Rincón, assured this Thursday that in her country any minister of the State or the president of the Republic himself can be tried for their actions up to six months after leaving the position, so “there is time” so that, if Parliament so decides, Sebastián Piñera can be submitted to this process.
Last week the Chilean opposition presented an accusation to dismiss Piñera, for the controversial sale of a mining megaproject in a tax haven revealed in the Pandora Papers.
The process will complicate the last months in La Moneda del ruler, who will end his second non-consecutive term in March 2022, and the impact on the presidential race ahead of the November 21 elections is still unpredictable.
“The removal or disqualification of the president of Chile is a decision that Parliament has to make,” Rincón said today during his participation in Madrid at the Tribune organized by EFE and Casa de América.
Rincón did not want to express his opinion on whether or not there is a precedent to be able to “bring Piñera to trial, since” the role of the Senate is to be a judge in that decision and doing so could be grounds for disqualification.
According to the president of the Senate, according to the times, “this should be known in the next sixty days.”
“First it has to go through the Chamber of Deputies and once it is aware of the process, the Senate is informed that it has a period defined by the Constitution to pronounce, it will depend on the time of the Chamber of Deputies when we have to pronounce on this stuff, “he explained.
However, he reiterated, “any Minister of State or the President of the Republic himself can be tried for his actions up to six months after leaving office, for so long there is.”
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