Paraguayan minister resigns over complaints of overcharging purchase
Asuncion, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Patricia Samudio, head of the state-owned oil company Petroleos Paraguayos (Petropar), presented her resignation before the current criminal investigation for alleged irregular purchase of products to fight the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Sources of that entity said on Wednesday that Samudio acknowledged that her resignation is supported by the complaints against her for alleged overcharging purchase of facemasks and unnecessary products, such as tonic water, as an excuse for the health emergency.
'It's my will that the investigation is transparent, which is why I have already made myself available to the Public Ministry, the National Anti-Corruption Secretariat, and the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic since the beginning,' she said in her resignation note, presented to President Mario Abdo Benitez.
Samudio noted that she sent all supporting documents corresponding to the public tenders that were the subject of the complaints.
Observers drew attention because Samudio's withdrawal takes place after prosecutors Rodrigo Estigarribia and Francisco Cabrera were raided at the Petropar offices in search of documents regarding the reason for the resignation.
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