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Guatemala interior minister resigns amid political crisis

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 Guatemala's interior minister is stepping down amid a growing political crisis and calls for President Otto Perez Molina and officials close to him to resign.

   Mauricio Lopez Bonilla is a former army lieutenant colonel who has been head of the Interior Ministry since the current government began in 2012. He was Perez Molina's campaign chief and is a top official in the ruling Patriotic Party.

   Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said Lopez Bonilla was resigning Thursday.

   Prosecutors have not linked Lopez Bonilla to the recent customs corruption scandal that led to the resignation of Perez Molina's vice president, whose private secretary was alleged to be the scheme's ringleader.

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