Danish minister quits after lying to Parliament

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 21:48

Copenhagen(Denmark): Denmark`s foreign aid minister has resigned after lying to Parliament about his role in endorsing huge travel expenses for a South Korean-based environmental organisation.

Christian Friis Bach says that as board member of the Global Green Growth Institute that advises developing nations on low-carbon growth policies he had approved guidelines allowing government donations to be used on first class flights and luxury hotels.

Last month, he told lawmakers he was not involved in approving such expenses.

The Danish chairman of the group, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, has said he spent more than USD 190,000 of the institute`s money during nine trips.

In 2011, Denmark donated USD 5.43 million to the institute over a three-year period. Friis Bach`s resignation took effect immediately today.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 21:48

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