Guatemala’s interior minister is stepping down amid a growing political crisis and calls for President Otto Pérez Molina and officials close to him to resign.
Mauricio López Bonilla is a former army lieutenant colonel who has been head of the Interior Ministry since the current government began in 2012. He was Pérez Molina’s campaign chief and is a top official in the ruling Patriotic Party.
Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said López Bonilla was resigning Thursday.
Prosecutors have not linked López Bonilla to the recent customs corruption scandal that led to the resignation of Pérez Molina’s vice president, whose private secretary was alleged to be the scheme’s ringleader.