* Boudou has been economy minister since July 2009
* Gained Fernandez's trust over pension nationalization
* Boudou has support in different sectors of Peronism
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By Helen Popper
BUENOS AIRES, June 25 Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez said on Saturday Economy Minister Amado
Boudou would be her running mate for an Oct. 23 election that
opinion polls suggest she could win easily.
Boudou, appointed as economy minister in July 2009, has
emerged as one of Fernandez's most loyal cabinet ministers. In
his previous job as head of the state pensions body, he won her
trust when she nationalized private pension funds in 2008.
"He's a person who's been loyal to this president,"
Fernandez said in a televised speech, praising Boudou's
stewardship of the economy.
Boudou is likely to have backing in different sectors of
Fernandez's support base, including the trade unions and
younger members of her Peronist party who have risen to
prominence in the past year.
Attention turned to the center-left leader's choice of
running mate on Tuesday when she ended months of speculation by
confirming she would run for a second four-year term.
Fernandez, who easily won election in 2007, vows to extend
the leftist policies that have infuriated many business leaders
and farmers in Latin America's No. 3 economy.
She has billed her candidacy as a tribute to her late
husband and predecessor as president, Nestor Kirchner, whose
death last year triggered an outpouring of public sympathy and
boosted her popularity.
(Reporting by Helen Popper; Editing by Bill Trott)
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