Peru’s president under pressure to resign

Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is under growing pressure to resign over corruption allegations involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Kuczynski has reportedly lost the support of key members of his cabinet. Scandal-plagued Odebrecht says it paid Kuczynski nearly $5m while he was economy minister and head of cabinet. He denies wrongdoing. Odebrecht was fined a record $3.5bn by the US last year for bribing officials from various countries. A fraudulent advisory fee was one method the firm used to funnel bribes to officials, according to the case against the firm. Former company president Marcelo Odebrecht, who is serving a 19-year jail sentence in Brazil and has agreed to co-operate in return for leniency, said Kuczynski was hired as a consultant in Peru a decade ago.