Argentine economy minister resigns

July 19, 2007 - 0:0

BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- President Nestor Kirchner's economy minister resigned after a prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash that was found in a bag in her office bathroom, the government said.

Kirchner accepted Felisa Miceli's resignation and appointed economist and Industry Secretary Gustavo Peirano as her replacement, Chief of Staff Alberto Fernandez said. Late last month, police conducting a routine security check found a brown paper bag containing the cash in Argentine pesos and U.S. dollars in a bathroom cabinet inside Miceli's offices. ""The publicizing of acts concerning my private life, relating them to my public activity, has caused undeserved damage to my honor which undoubtedly affects our government,"" Miceli said in her resignation letter. She added that she will face justice ""like any other citizen"" to clarify the case. Miceli had been economy minister since 2005, when she replaced Roberto Lavagna during a shake-up of Kirchner's Cabinet