Argentina appoints Kirchner protégé Silvina Batakis as economy minister

The economist takes office following the departure of Martín Guzmán, who was sharply criticized by Vice President Cristina Kirchner.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Silvina Batakis holds a degree in economics from the National University of La Plata and a master's degree in public finance and environmental economics. The latter is from the University of York in the United Kingdom.

The Argentine government on Sunday (3) appointed a new Minister of Economy. Then an official of the Ministry of Interior, Silvina Batakis, was selected for the post.

Argentine presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti announced the new minister on Twitter. "Batakis is a renowned economist who held this position in the province of Buenos Aires between 2011 and 2015," she wrote . . .

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