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Guatemala interior minister, close ally of president, resigns amid political crisis

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla arrives to Pajoques, Guatemala after clashes related to the building of a factory. Bonilla, a former army lieutenant colonel who has been head of the Interior Ministry since the current government began in 2012, is stepping down on Thursday, May 21, 2015 amid a growing political crisis and calls for President Otto Perez Molina and officials close to him to resign. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla arrives to Pajoques, Guatemala after clashes related to the building of a factory. Bonilla, a former army lieutenant colonel who has been head of the Interior Ministry since the current government began in 2012, is stepping down on Thursday, May 21, 2015 amid a growing political crisis and calls for President Otto Perez Molina and officials close to him to resign. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Guatemala's interior minister is stepping down amid a growing political crisis and calls for President Otto Perez Molina and officials close to him to resign.

Mauricio Lopez Bonilla is a former army lieutenant coronel who has been head of the Interior Ministry since the current government began in 2012. He was Perez Molina's campaign chief and is a top official in the ruling Patriotic Party.

Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said Lopez Bonilla was resigning Thursday.

Prosecutors have not linked Lopez Bonilla to a recent customs corruption scandal that led to the resignation of Perez Molina's vice president, whose private secretary was alleged to be the scheme's ringleader.