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FACTBOX: Facts about new Argentine economy minister

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Carlos Fernandez was named Argentina’s economy minister on Thursday to replace Martin Lousteau, who resigned. Here are some facts about him.

* Since March, Carlos Fernandez headed the Federal Public Income Administration, or tax agency, known as AFIP in Spanish. Previously he was economy minister for the populous and economically powerful province of Buenos Aires.

* Other jobs with the national government included economy subsecretary for relations with the provinces and national director of tax coordination with the provinces. He also worked as subsecretary of fiscal policy in Buenos Aires province.

* He has a degree in economics from La Plata National University, and specialized in public finance and tax administration.

* He is a Peronist and considered close to President Cristina Fernandez and her husband ex-President Nestor Kirchner, as well as to powerful Cabinet Chief Alberto Fernandez. But he also has a reputation as a technocrat, having worked in previous administrations since the late 1980s.

Editing by Eric Walsh

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