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Cuba established a new office of government finances to keep better tabs on the state's spending patterns as it struggles to keep its economy afloat.

Parliament approved a new comptroller's office to replace the Ministry of Auditing and Control; its director will be chosen by lawmakers.

Taking the scrutiny of Cuba's economic books away from the presidency reflects the businesslike, military mentality of Raul Castro, an army general who has demanded better accountability from all leaders since succeeding his elder brother Fidel Castro as president last year.

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