Guatemalan Finance Minister Dorval Carias resigned on Monday amid a deepening corruption scandal that has also featured calls for the impeachment of President Otto Perez. A statement released by Carias’ office did not give a reason for his decision, but the move comes as the ministry is forming next year’s budget. Communications Minister Victor Corado also tendered his resignation on Monday and three other ministers stepped down over the weekend
after the country’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court for permission to prosecute Perez over a suspected customs racket. The president has denied any wrongdoing and has said he will not stand down, but his position is in increasing jeopardy after prosecutors last week arrested his former vice president over the customs scandal and said they believed the 64-year-old Perez was in on the scam.