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Ex-Indian foreign minister resigns cabinet post amid oil-for-food allegations

[JURIST] Natwar Singh [official profile], India's former foreign minister, resigned his position on the Indian Cabinet on Tuesday amid accusations that his majority party improperly benefited from the UN's oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive]. Singh maintained his innocence on Tuesday, asserting he was stepping down to avoid being the excuse for the opposition to stall in Parliament. In November, Singh was removed from the foreign minister position [JURIST report] at his own request after being implicated in the oil-for-food scheme, but remained on the cabinet as the new Indian premier assumed office. AFP has more.

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