Argentine government eases banking freeze

President Eduardo Duhalde eased a 1-year-old partial banking freeze on Monday, allowing Argentines unfettered access to their checking and savings accounts.

Government spokesman Alfred Atanasof said the government decided to relax the restrictions on the anniversary of the freeze in an effort to jump-start the stagnant economy.

"Today, life begins without the 'corralito,'" Atanasof said, using the Spanish nickname for the widely unpopular restrictions imposed 1 December, 2001, as the economy u

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