Congress of Peru has commenced impeachment proceedings against President Martín Vizcarra who is accused of trying to obstruct a corruption investigation.
The action was backed in a 65-36 vote. Legislators are expected to hold a debate next week as to whether Mr. Vizcarra should be kicked out for “moral incapacity”.
He has been accused of misusing public funds and then trying to cover this up.
Vizcarra who is 57 years old denies any wrongdoing and accuses Congress of staging a political coup.
Friday’s session of Congress was called after the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, was offered leaked audio recordings in which Mr Vizcarra appears to discuss ways of covering up the alleged misuse of public funds.
The recorded audio are of conversations between Vizcarra and government aides.
He was heard telling aides to downplay details of his office’s hiring of a little-known singer, Richard Cisneros, to deliver pro-government motivational talks. Cisneros was reportedly paid $49,500 (£38,000).