Argentina Treasury Minister Dujovne resigns amid currency crisis

Argentina Treasury Minister Dujovne resigns amid currency crisis
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  • calendar-gray 18 August 2019

Argentina’s Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned on Saturday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Dujovne said that the country's government needed “significant renewal” in its economic team amid a currency crisis. “I believe my resignation is in keeping with my place in a government [...] that listens to the people and acts accordingly,” Dujovne said in the letter to Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

The country's president appointed Hernan Lacunza, economy minister for the Buenos Aires province and former general manager of the Central Bank, as Dujovne’s replacement, according to AP. 

Earlier in the day, Fitch Ratings downgraded Argentina’s credit rating due to increased political risks driven by the recent electoral defeat of the country’s president.

Incumbent President Mauricio Macri won only 32.1 percent of the vote against his challenger Alberto Fernandez’s 47.7 percent in last Sunday’s election.

The primary election results prompted a sharp drop in the peso rate and an increase in economic instability.  

Faiq Mahmudov

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