Peruvian Vice Prez resigns amid corruption probe
Lima: Peruvian Vice President Omar Chehade,
once seen as a close ally of President Ollanta Humala, has
resigned over a probe into an alleged influence-peddling
Chehade, one of two Peruvian vice presidents, took the
decision "with the goal of not causing prejudice to the good
image of government," according to his letter of resignation
released by Congress on Tuesday.
Chehade, 41, had been under investigation for allegedly
using his influence to help the powerful Wong agricultural
He denied charges that he met in October with three
Peruvian police generals to discuss removing striking workers
from a sugar cooperative to clear the way for Wong to take it
over. However, he did admit to political "inexperience."
A lawyer who is also a member of Congress, Chehade held
the largely ceremonial job of second vice president for three
months before resigning.
Chehade made his name as an anti-corruption prosecutor
and in helping extradite former president Alberto Fujimori
from Chile to stand trial.
Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence for human
rights violations and corruption during his 1990-2000
Chehade's role in the extradition earned him the enmity
of Fujimori's supporters, who have a sizeable representation
in Congress under the leadership of the former president's
daughter, Keiko Fujimori.
Humala, who has made fighting corruption a priority,
distanced himself from Chehade, saying that everyone should
"take responsibility" for his or her actions. He earlier
suggested Chehade might want to "step aside."