Peru fin­min won’t re­sign:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Peru’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter Al­fredo Thorne said on Sun­day that he has the con­fi­dence of Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski and will not re­sign, de­fy­ing de­mands he leave his post and threats of cen­sure by the op­po­si­tion-dom­i­nated Congress.

Thorne, who de­fended him­self in Congress on Fri­day over a record­ing in which he ap­pears to ask the comptroller’s of­fice to ap­prove a $520 mil­lion air­port con­tract in ex­change for a big­ger bud­get, wrote on Twit­ter that he had a “clean con­science, the con­fi­dence of the pres­i­dent and of the cab­i­net.”

“I am not go­ing to re­sign,” Thorne told news­pa­per El Comer­cio in an in­ter­view pub­lished Sun­day, which he shared from his Twit­ter ac­count. “Congress can cen­sure me, or sup­port me to move the econ­omy for­ward.”

Thorne’s de­fense on Fri­day did not con­vince op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers, who said they will cen­sure him to force his dis­missal if he does not re­sign in the com­ing days. Congress is dom­i­nated by right-wing pop­ulist Keiko Fu­ji­mori’s Pop­u­lar Force party. Fu­ji­mori, the daugh­ter of jailed for­mer pres­i­dent Al­berto Fu­ji­mori, lost to Kuczyn­ski in last year’s ra­zor-thin elec­tion. (RTRS)

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