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Philippines president "welcomes" impeachment motion to clear vote fraud

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Arroyo [official website] said in a statement Tuesday that she "welcomed" the endorsement of an impeachment complaint against her, eager for a chance to refute allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 national election. A controversial audio tape [Manila Sun-Star report] allegedly documents Arroyo planning to fix the election. Her husband has gone into voluntary exile [International Herald Tribune report] after being accused of taking money from gambling bosses, and opponents have called for her to resign. The statement called the charges against her "political grandstanding and mudslinging". AFP has more.

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