Ecuador’s Correa Names New Defense and Agriculture Ministers

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa appointed Miguel Carvajal as the South American country’s new defense minister and Javier Ponce as agriculture minister.

Carvajal, who previously served as the vice minister of agriculture, is replacing Ponce who will in turn move to the Agriculture Ministry after the former chief, Wilfrido Staynley Vera, resigned in February, according to a statement published today in the president’s official gazette.

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