Yepez made Ecuador's new economy minister

Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutierrez said on Tuesday 2 June that he had accepted the resignation of Economy Minister Mauricio Pozo and the new minister will be Central Bank Director Mauricio Yepez.

Gutierrez told the press that the immediate appointment of Yepez after Pozo's leaving for "personal reasons" was a "message of stability for both the inside and the outside" of the nation.

The president added that Yepez will continue to be "disciplined, austere and strict in the application of the

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