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Major shake-up in Ecuador Cabinet after mass protests

QUITO (AFP) – Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Tuesday accepted the resignations of four Cabinet members, the government said, just days after damaging protests against the cost of living ended.

Economy Minister Simon Cueva, Health Minister Ximena Garzon, Transport and Public Works Minister Marcelo Cabrera and Higher Education Minister Alejandro Ribadeneira have all left their posts.

Lasso thanked Cueva “for his loyal and valiant services in the exercise of his functions”, said a statement from the presidency. The statement did not give any reasons for the resignations.

An economy ministry spokesperson told AFP that Cueva had made the decision to resign “a couple of months ago”.

Lasso named businessman Pablo Arosemena, currently serving as governor of Guayas, to replace Cueva.