Ecuador president appoints Pablo Arosemena as economy minister

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Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso speaks during the Leaders' Second Plenary Session during the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 10, 2022. REUTERS/Lauren Justice/File Photo/File Photo

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QUITO, July 5 (Reuters) - Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso appointed Pablo Arosemena, governor of the Andean country's Guayas province, as the new minister of economy and finances on Tuesday, hours after accepting the resignations of three ministers, including former Economy Minister Simon Cueva.

The resignations, which also included that of the country's secretary for higher education, science, technology and innovation, Alejandro Ribadeneira, followed more than two weeks of protests in Ecuador, which led to at least eight deaths and severely impacted its oil industry, its main source of income.

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Reporting by Yury Garcia Writing by Oliver Griffin Editing by Leslie Adler

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