Peru’s vice-president responds to resignation calls

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Peruvian Vice-President Marisol Espinar responded on Tuesday to calls for her resignation made by Minister of Women’s Affairs Ana Jara.

Last week Minister Jara said Espinar should resign from the office of vice president if she opposed the way the government was being run.

Jara’s call for the vice-president’s resignation came days after Espinar criticized Minister of Finance Luis Miguel Castilla, for not meeting the country’s need for public works.

"This is very serious," Espinar said last week, "because people think – especially among some ministers –that they won the election, and furthermore, they have the luxury of not meeting the needs of the people."

On Tuesday Espinar said she would not resign from office."I will not comment on this issue," she said. "In a democracy any comment is valid."

"There is no way [I will resign], because he who has been chosen in a popular election cannot step aside," she was quoted as saying by El Comercio.

Peruvian Vice-President Marisol Espinar responded on Tuesday to calls for her resignation, made by Minister of Women’s Affairs Ana Jara.

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