Ecuadorian interior minister announces resignation

12:38, December 16, 2010      

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Ecuadorian Interior Minister Gustavo Jalkh on Wednesday officially announced his resignation from his post.

Jalkh informed Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa of his resignation last week, he told the press.

Correa has already appointed Alfredo Vera, the former anti-corruption minister, to the post on Tuesday, and he will take office on Thursday.

Vera will be the fourth interior minister in Correa's administration, which began in 2007.

Jalkh resigned amid strong criticisms from Correa, who questioned the lack of progress in reducing crimes in the country.

He was also criticized him for failing to reinforce the police intelligence services, which would have avoided situations such as the Sept. 30 attempted coup by a group of policemen protesting wage cuts.

Source: Xinhua

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