Honduras’s new labor minister, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, has died, the president said Sunday.
The new minister, whose term ends in January, was a former head of the World Bank and World Trade Organization.
He also worked as director general of the country’s national labor agency.
Rodriguez, the fourth Honduran to be named labor minister in a decade, will be replaced by a deputy named in accordance with the constitution.
Rodrez’s death was confirmed by a government statement on Twitter.
Honduras’s president, Juan Orlando Hernández, said Rodriguez was a “person of outstanding integrity and integrity of service to his country.”
“The Honduran people have been deprived of the leadership of Juan Carlos Rodríguez, and this will never change,” he said.
“Our government will never accept a government without integrity.”
Honduran labor unions have long criticized the lack of economic growth and job creation under former President Daniel Ortega, who is now running for a third term.
Rodrínguez, 46, was the youngest labor minister of any Latin American country.
He was first elected in 2005 and then again in 2012, when he served as a member of the National Assembly.
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