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Uruguay economy minister resigns amid airplane scandal

Published on Dec 22, 2013 1:02 AM

MONTEVIDEO (REUTERS) - Uruguay's economy minister resigned on Saturday in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of the country's flagship carrier, President Jose Mujica said.

Mr Mujica defended the conduct of Mr Fernando Lorenzo, his minister since March 2010, as local television broadcast images of the economist entering a criminal courthouse.

"He has been a brilliant minister," Mr Mujica said. "We have no doubt about his ethical integrity."

Mr Mujica is considering replacing Mr Lorenzo with the current president of Uruguay's central bank, Mr Mario Bergara, a source with the president's political party told Reuters.

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