Portugal minister quits over fires; WORLD BULLETINS.
THE Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services has resigned after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year.
The government said on its website that interior minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa has tendered her resignation and prime minister Antonio Costa has accepted it.
Ms Urbano de Sousa said in her resignation letter that she wanted to quit after 64 people were killed in a wildfire four months ago, but Mr Costa asked her to stay.
She repeated her request after 42 people died in another spate of wildfires last weekend.
She said she has prepared the ground for policy changes expected to be adopted by the government.