(Reuters) – A top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resigned unexpectedly on Monday amid allegations Trudeau’s office had pressured the former justice minister to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid criminal prosecution.

FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his principal secretary Gerald Butts take part in a meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (not pictured) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Gerald Butts,

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