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Argentina's U.S. ambassador named foreign minister

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New minister, Hector Timerman, is son of Argentine journalist, has been rights activist
  • Jorge Taiana's resignation was for "personal reasons," government website says
  • Timerman also studied in the United States, returned to Argentina in 1984

(CNN) -- Argentina's ambassador to the United States, Hector Timerman, will become the new foreign minister, replacing Jorge Taiana, who resigned Friday, the government said.

Taiana resigned "for strictly personal reasons," said a statement on the Argentine president's website.

Timerman is the son of Jacobo Timerman, the late Argentinean journalist who was detained and tortured during the 1976-83 right-wing dictatorship.

The son fled to the United States in 1978 and received an international relations master's degree from Columbia University in 1981.

He also has worked as a journalist and a human rights activist. He returned to Argentina in 1984.

Jacobo Timerman wrote about his jailing and torture in the book ''Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number." He died in 1999.