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Peru's Prime Minister Says He Will Resign

Peru's Prime Minister Yehude Simon said Tuesday he will resign in the coming weeks after a crisis over Indian rights in the Amazon has been settled and calm returns.

"Peruvian Prime Minister Yehude Simon (R) shakes hands with Daysi Zapata Fasabi, leader of the Inter-Ethnic Association of Peruvian Jungle Development (AIDESEP) in Mazamari, 600 km east of Lima on June 15, 2009. Simon said Tuesday he will resign in the coming weeks after a crisis over Indian rights in the Amazon has been settled and calm returns."

"I will leave as soon as everything down has been calmed down, which should be in the coming weeks," he told the privately owned Lima radio station RPP.

Simon has been at the forefront of a confrontation between the state and indigenous leaders over government plans to open the Amazon to development, which erupted in violent clashes earlier this month that, by the official count, left at least 34 dead in northern Peru.