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Humala: 2nd VP should step aside

November 6, 2011

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LIMA, Peru—Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has suggested his second vice president step aside while he's investigated by prosecutors and Congress for possible influence-peddling.

Humala made the comment Sunday night in an interview on state television.

He said the official, Omar Chehade, should suspend his duties so he can defend himself.

Chehade is alleged to have asked three police generals to evict claimants occupying a sugar refinery on behalf of well-heeled rivals from a prominent Lima family.

Chehade, who is also a congressman, denies the accusation.

The case has dented the popularity of Humala, who won election in June on an anti-corruption platform. Chehade was formerly Humala's lawyer in a human rights case.

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