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Carstens Answers Calderón Call Agustin CarstensMexican finance ministry veteran Agustín Carstens left his post as deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund to act as economic coordinator for Mexican president-elect Felipe Calderón's transition team. Carstens has been widely tipped to become Mexico's new finance minister when Calderón takes over in December. Replacing Carstens at the IMF is Murilo Portugal, who was nominated for the post by the fund's managing director, Rodrigo de Rato. Portugal, until recently deputy finance minister for Brazil, was an executive director at the fund between 1998 and 2005. The position has a five-year term. L

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