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Spain's new Culture and Sport Minister Maxim Huerta poses for a family photo following the first cabinet at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Culture Minister Maxim Huerta resigned on Wednesday from a week-old government, following local media reports he avoided taxes while he was working as a TV journalist a decade ago.

Huerta, who was named to the cabinet by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez last week, told a news conference in Madrid he was "absolutely innocent" and had paid a fine to the tax ministry related to the period 2006-2008 after a change in their criteria.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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