Brazilian tourism minister resigns over corruption allegations

Brazilian tourism minister resigns over corruption allegations

Pedro Novais has resigned as minister of tourism in Brazil following a string of corruption allegations.

The news follows the recent arrest of 30 tourism officials and business leaders - including deputy tourism minister Frederico Silva da Costa.

In the latest setback for the Brazilian tourism industry, Novais resigned after he was accused of using public money to employ a maid and a driver for his wife while he was a congressman.

He denies wrongdoing.

The ministers of agriculture and transport have resigned in recent moths, alongside president Dilma Rousseff’s chief minister, Antonio Palocci.

All deny corruption charges.