Peru's finance minister David Tuesta resigns after only two months


Peru’s finance minister David Tuesta has reportedly resigned after only two months in the job, according to Reuters.

The newswire cites both a government source and a source close to president Martin Vizcarra, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement (Business Insider).

The resignation comes after protests against Tuesta’s decision to increase diesel taxes. Representatives of truck and bus drivers said they would call off plans for an indefinite strike against the taxes after reaching a deal with officials in Vizcarra’s government.

Vizcarra formed a new government after taking office in March when former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned in a corruption scandal (Guardian).

However, in a late-night televised address, Vizcarra said he had accepted Tuesta’s resignation as part of a shift in tax policy to focus on unpaid corporate taxes (US News).

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