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Peru's PM resigns after spat with First Lady, finance minister

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:11 AM
 
Peruvian Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva said on Monday that he was stepping down after just four months in office and a recent public spat with the finance minister and the First Lady over his effort to raise the minimum wage. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LIMA (REUTERS) - Peruvian Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva said on Monday that he was stepping down after just four months in office and a recent public spat with the finance minister and the First Lady over his effort to raise the minimum wage.

The government did not immediately announce any other cabinet changes.

Mr Villanueva said on local broadcaster RPP that President Ollanta Humala had accepted his resignation on Monday after he told a local newspaper that he was working on a new wage law with the finance ministry.

First Lady Nadine Heredia and later Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla, one of Humala's few original cabinet members who have remained in power, denied that the government was working on raising the minimum wage.

 
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