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Cabinet of week-old Argentine government offers to resign

The entire cabinet of interim President Adolfo Rodriguez Saa's week-old government offered its resignation, after a new wave of social unrest, the government said in a statement.
The entire cabinet of interim President Adolfo Rodriguez Saa's week-old government offered its resignation, after a new wave of social unrest, the government said in a statement.

Rodriguez Saa had not decided whether to accept the resignations, and deplored the violence that wracked the capital overnight, according to the statement.

"I deeply deplore the incidents of violence overnight Friday to Saturday," he said. "I call on all Argentines to maintain peace."

Twelve policemen were injured in the clashes, six of them in serious condition, the federal police said. Thirty-three demonstrators were detained. There were no reports of serious injuries among the protesters.

The largely peaceful protest turned violent when a group of teenagers tried to storm the presidential palace and clashed with riot police, who used tear gas and pressure hoses to disperse the crowd.

The demonstrators demanded access to their partially frozen bank accounts and the resignation of presidential advisors tainted by allegations of corruption.

Rodriguez Saa was named president after Fernando de la Rua resigned in the throes of street riots in response to free market economic policies and the austerity measures that were needed to keep them afloat.
 
 

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