Thursday, 24 July 2008

Argentine agricultural secretary quits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez replaced her top aide and agriculture minister Wednesday following the surprise defeat of a government-backed farm tax bill that generated months of crippling protests.
Cabinet chief Alberto Fernandez, one of the president's closest confidants and her spokesman during the standoff with farmers, wrote in his resignation letter that he was stepping down to give the center-left government a fresh start and let Fernandez choose a "new team."

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