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WORLD : Argentine Economy Minister Dies

<i> From Times wire service</i> s

Argentina’s economy minister, Miguel Roig, died of a heart attack today, less than a week after taking on the task of restoring the debt-ridden country’s crumbling economy.

Roig, 68, died in a car while traveling from the French Embassy to the Economy Ministry. Roig’s first job on taking office was to announce a tough austerity program in an attempt to quash hyperinflation.

Roig, who had spent most of his career in business rather than politics, was appointed by President Carlos Menem to make a frontal attack on the country’s worst-ever economic crisis.


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