WORLD : Argentine Economy Minister Dies
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.