12 Oct 2016
The Mexican governor of the Gulf state of Veracruz said on Wednesday he would resign just weeks before his term ends in order to face corruption charges that have become an embarrassment for the country’s ruling party.
Javier Duarte, from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), denied taking “one cent” of public funds during his term that ends in November. His party lost a local election in June, ending over 80 years of rule by the PRI in oil-rich Veracruz.
Duarte told local television he would ask the state legislature later on Wednesday to accept his resignation.
“I have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.
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