Pedro Cateriano is new PM


President Ollanta Humala has named a new Prime Minister after Congress forced Ana Jara, his previous Chief of Cabinet, out of office. The new Chief of Cabinet is Pedro Cateriano Bellido, the former Defence Minister.

The President made three other changes to his Cabinet in this mini-reshuffle.

Ana María Liliana Sánchez Vargas de Ríos becomes the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jakke Valakivi Álvarez becomes the new Minister of Defence and Gustavo Adrianzén Olaya is appointed as Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Pedro Cateriano is a lawyer specialising in constitutional law and is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Lima. He obtained his law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and his doctoral studies at the University Institute of Research Ortega y Gasset, attached to the Complutense University of Madrid.

He was a Congressman from 1990 to 1992 and in 2001 became Deputy Justice Minister until 2002. He was agent of Peru to the Inter-Human Rights (IACHR) in the Chavin case and became Defence Minister in July 2012 before taking on his new role.

Ana María Sánchez, a career diplomat, had just been appointed as Peru’s Ambassador to France but that appointment is now voided.

Jakke Valakivi Álvarez was, until his new appointment, was the Deputy Minister of Resources for Defence. Prior to that he was an economist at the University of Lima and had served as a Director of the Bank of Commerce since 2012. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Lima, Master of Business Administration from INCAE and Doctorate in Philosophy from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.

Gustavo Adrianzén Olaya takes on his new role after having been the Deputy Minister of Justice and Human Rights. Prior to that he was the public prosecutor at the Ministry of Defence from 2012 to March 2015 and in that role was counsel for the Peruvian State to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on the Chavin case.

Congress has 30 days to approve the new appointments.

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