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Opposition lawmakers file impeachment complaint against Arroyo

[JURIST] Opposition lawmakers in the Philippines filed an impeachment complaint Monday against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], accusing her of election fraud and other allegations. The impeachment does not come as a surprise [JURIST report] after 50 opposition lawmakers last week expressed support for an impeachment [JURIST report]. The filing against Arroyo claims she "stole, cheated and lied" in her rise to and retention of power. Arroyo's closest aides have moved to block the complaint on a legal technicality, as opposition lawmakers close in on the minimum 79 signatories required to file the complaint. A summary of the complaint accuses Arroyo of 10 major crimes including vote rigging [JURIST report] and corruption. AP has more.

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