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Argentina's Economy Minister Resigns Amid Investigation


Argentina's economy minister has resigned after a prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash found in her office.

Last month police conducting a routine search found the money in a paper bag in a bathroom cabinet in Felisa Miceli's office. Miceli said the cash was a loan from her brother to buy a house and that she had taken the money to her office for safekeeping. However, on Monday, a federal prosecutor said the matter required investigation.

Miceli said she had not broken the law, but merely committed a blunder.

Miceli's resignation Monday is a political embarrassment for President Nestor Kirchner three days before his wife, Cristina, is to launch her campaign for the presidency.

Mr. Kirchner has appointed Industry and Commerce Secretary Miguel Gustavo Peirano as Miceli's replacement, to be sworn in Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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