Portugal: interior minister resigns after wildfires kill 100

Agence France-Presse in The Guardian
October 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Constanca Urbano de Sousa

Portugal’s interior minister has been replaced amid criticism over the government’s handling of a series of deadly forest fires that have killed more than 100 people in four months. Constanca Urbano de Sousa handed her resignation to socialist prime minister Antonio Costa Wednesday, bowing to increasing political pressure as the death toll mounted. “After this summer, nothing can remain as before,” said Costa, who initially resisted the demand for Urbano de Sousa to go before backing down while admitting the state service providers had made “serious errors” in tackling the problem.

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