Argentine minister quits over program funding
"I presented my resignation. First I spoke with the president Friday night,
I did it formally because of the lack of funds for social programs," Juan Pablo
Cafiero said in a television interview.
Cafiero was the last member of the left-leaning Frepaso movement in the
De la Rua's embattled center-left Alliance coalition, which has been fractured by
dissent on austerity measures and spending cuts.
Cafiero's departure from the Cabinet had been widely anticipated before
the October 14 midterm legislative elections in which voters punished the ruling
Alliance amid an economic slump entering its fourth year.
Officials in the president's office or the Cabinet chief's office were
available for comment.
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