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Peruvian Vice President Resigns

Peru's Vice President and Congressman Omar Chehade resigns, (File).

Peruvian Vice President Omar Chehade resigned Tuesday due to corruption charges. However, Chehade kept his congressional seat.

The resignation came just ahead of a vote on recommending moving forward with impeachment proceedings against him.

Chehade maintains his innocence and told members of congress he did not want to cause Peruvian President Ollanta Humala any harm with the corruption charges.

President Humala took office in July promising to fight political corruption.

The Peruvian government has two vice presidential positions, both largely ceremonial. Chehade had been vice president for three months.

The charges against Chehade include allegations that he asked the police to help remove workers from a cooperative sugar plantation to clear the way for a corporate takeover.

Peruvian law prohibited President Humala from firing Chehade from his administration.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.