Peru minister of labor resigns over assault controversy

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Peruvian Minister of Labor Jose Villena’s resignation was made public on Sunday afternoon, amid controversy over the minister’s assault of a LAN Airlines employee.

According to El Comercio, President Ollanta Humala accepted Villena’s resignation last Friday, and swore in his replacement, Teresa Laos Caceres, a lawyer, during a ceremony at the Government Palace, on Sunday night.

>Villena’s resignations comes weeks after controversy arose after >video footage showed him yelling and threatening LAN Airlines employees, after he was not allowed to board his flight. At the time, Villena disputed the employees’ claims, saying “none of the things they are saying have happened.

>Although President Humala did not publicly comment on the controversy, the former minister was called to >appear before the Congressional Labor Committee, and explain details of the incident, last week.

After the incident LAN Airline employee Ana Lucia Ramos, 24, filed a complaint at a local police station, and claimed Villena had pushed her with both hands.

The former minister met with LAN Airline employees last week, and apologized for his behavior. However, he denied having had physical contact with any employee.

>Later in the week, La Republica reported that Ramos had undergone > a medical examination, where doctors verified bruising on her right forearm.

Peruvian Minister of Labor Jose Villena’s resignation was made public on Sunday afternoon, amid controversy over the minister’s assault of a LAN Airlines employee.

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