Ecuadorian finance minister quits government – official

By Yuri Garcia

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorian Finance Minister Simon Cueva will leave the Andean country’s government in a cabinet reshuffle after more than two weeks of protests, Public Administration Secretary Ivan Correa said on Monday.

Ecuador’s finance ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Changes to President Guillermo Lasso’s government will be announced tomorrow, Correa said in an interview with local TV channel Teleamazonas, highlighting Cueva’s planned departure.

“Without a doubt, changes are coming, the president is evaluating all these changes and what is certain is that they will be announced tomorrow, including obviously at the Ministry of Finance,” Correa stressed.

Other ministers will also leave the government, Correa said, without specifying which ones.

“There are other changes also within the cabinet which will be announced by the president tomorrow afternoon,” he said.

The announcement follows weeks of protests that erupted in Ecuador in June demanding lower fuel prices and limits on the expansion of the mining and oil industries, resulting in at least eight deaths and devastating the country’s oil production.

A pact to end the crisis was signed Thursday between the government of President Guillermo Lasso and indigenous leaders.

Lasso has tasked Cueva with reducing Ecuador’s budget deficit, which the government hopes to reduce by $2 billion this year.

(Reporting by Yury Garcia; Writing by Oliver Griffin, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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