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President Ecuador accepts resignation of Minister of Finance, Health and Transport

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QUITO — On Tuesday, President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador accepted the resignation of three government ministers, including Minister of Economy and Finance Simon Cueva and Minister of Health Simena Garzon, the government said in a statement.

The third official to resign was Marcelo Cabrera, Minister of Transport. Mr Lasso thanked the former Minister for "faithful and valuable service," and said the replacement would be named today at 5 pm local time (2200 GMT).

Ecuadorian Chief Executive Ivan Correa added in an interview with local television station Teleamazonas on Monday that Queva's imminent departure was revealed and other changes would be made. rice field.

The resignation took place after more than two weeks of protests rocked Ecuador, killing at least eight people and seriously impacting the country's oil industry, which is a major source of income.

The government has finally reached an agreement late last week with indigenous protesters who demanded fuel subsidies and ending further expansion of the oil and mining industry.

Correa needed to change the cabinet, he added.

Reuters saw a letter detailing Garzon's resignation later Monday and thanked Lasso for giving him the opportunity to serve as Minister of Health.

Lasso has also accepted the resignation of Ecuadorian secretary Alejandro Ribadeneira for higher education, science, technology and innovation, the government said.

(Report by Yury Garcia, written by Oliver Griffin, edited by Bill Berkrot)