Peru finance minister vows to resign if Congress disapproves of him

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 2:26 PM

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne said on Monday that he would immediately resign if the opposition-controlled Congress disapproves of him in a vote of confidence that he had formally requested.

Opposition lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called on Thorne, one of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's closest Cabinet members, to step down after, in a leaked audio recording, he appeared to ask the comptroller to approve a controversial contract in exchange for a bigger budget.

(This version of the story was refiled to correct dateline to LIMA instead of MEXICO CITY)

(Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)