Minister won't step down over bribery accusations

  • 2003-01-30
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGALatvia's embattled health minister said he would not step down amid accusations that he had improperly demanded a bribe to treat a patient when he worked as a surgeon.The opposition People's Party said it would initiate a vote of no-confidence in Aris Auders, a member of Prime Minister Einars Repse's New Era party, when Parliament meets on Jan. 30.Earlier Delna, the Latvian branch of Transparency International, quesioned Auders' fitness for the minister's post after a former patient said he had charged her 560 lats (933 euros) for a spinal operation last year that was supposed to be cov...
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