January 3, 2008 / 10:04 PM / 11 years ago

Honduras minister resigns after video-taped brawl

TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Honduran Foreign Minister Milton Jimenez resigned on Thursday after local television aired a video that caught him punching police after he was arrested for drunk driving.

Jimenez, a close aide of President Manuel Zelaya, was arrested on Dec. 30 and taken to a police station, where he ended up in a fist fight with police officers. A local television channel broadcast the cellphone-taped video on Wednesday.

"I made the mistake of driving while drunk," a black-eyed and heavily bruised Jimenez told a news conference on Thursday as he announced his resignation.

Jimenez is the seventh cabinet member to quit since Zelaya took office in January 2006.

On Wednesday, Minister of the Presidency Yani Rosenthal left his post to compete for the ruling Liberal Party’s nomination for the 2009 presidential election. (Reporting by Gustavo Palencia, Writing by Cyntia Barrera Diaz, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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