Cabinet switch buttresses Argentina’s left-leaning economic model

File photo of Argentine Secretary of Domestic Trade Moreno speaking in Buenos AiresBy Caroline Stauffer and Guido Nejamkis BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – President Cristina Fernandez's new Cabinet picks this week confirmed a deepening of Argentina's left-leaning economic model rather than a policy switch needed to confront escalating inflation and dwindling foreign currency reserves. After the president's first public appearance since an October 8 operation to remove blood that pooled on her brain, her office late on Monday announced the promotion of leftist economist Axel Kicillof to economy minister and the replacement of the central bank director and agriculture minister. Kicillof has served as deputy economy minister. Analysts said the 42-year-old Kicillof already had more influence on Fernandez than the man he replaced, Hernan Lorenzino, who was given the job of ambassador to the European Union.