Peruvian prime minister steps down from post

Lima, Feb 25: Peruvian Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva Monday submitted his resignation to President Ollanta Humala following a brawl with the country’s finance minister, Xinhua quoted an official source as saying.

Villanueva’s resignation has been accepted by President Humala, said the official news agency Andina. According to the report, Villanueva and minister of economy and finance Luis Miguel Castilla quarreled over a disagreement about raising ministers’ salaries.

Castilla Sunday denied that he and Villanueva had agreed to an eventual salary increase by saying he had been out of the country accompanying Humala.

Villanueva is the fourth prime minister to resign from the post during Humala’s government.

IANS