El Salvador economy minister quits

MEXICO CITY Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:10pm EDT

Miriam E. Sapiro (L), Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, speaks as Hector Dada Hirezi, El Salvador’s Minister of Economy, looks on during a news conference REUTERS/Oscar Rivera

Miriam E. Sapiro (L), Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, speaks as Hector Dada Hirezi, El Salvador’s Minister of Economy, looks on during a news conference

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador's economy minister, Hector Dada, quit on Friday citing discrepancies with President Mauricio Funes over the economic direction of the tiny Central American nation.

El Salvador failed to meet some public spending goals in 2011, which led the International Monetary Fund to suspend a $750 million loan to the country this week.

The international agency said El Salvador's economic growth of 1.5 percent last year was lower than projected, while public spending and debt soared past expectations. The country's gross domestic product is seen rising between 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent this year.

Funes appointed deputy commerce and industry minister Armando Flores to succeed Dada.

(Reporting By Nelson Renteria; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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