President changes Cabinet
President Ollanta Humala has made changes to his Cabinet following the resignation of his prime minister Saloman Lerner over the weekend.
The new prime minister will be former interior minister Óscar Valdés Dancuart.
Most notable casualties in the reshuffle are Susana Baca who was the first Cabinet minister of African descent, she has been replaced by Luis Peirano in the Ministry of Culture.
Even more significant is the loss of the mining and environment ministers. President Humala has been forced to apply a state of emergency in four provinces over a dispute involving the $4.8 billion Conga gold mine project which has seen major protests from local people, especially in the province of Cajamarca. The former prime minister had gone to try and negotiate with the protesters but had failed, possibly the reason for his resignation.
Other members of the Cabinet as listed in the formal notice on the president’s website are:
|Rafael Roncagliolo||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Luis Alberto Otárola Penaranda||Defense Minister|
|Miguel Castilla Rubio||Minister of Economy and Finance|
|Daniel Ezekiel Casapi Lozada||Ministry of Interior|
|Juan Jimenez Mayor||Minister of Justice|
|Patricia Salas O’Brien||Minister of Education|
|Alberto Tejada Noriega||Health Minister|
|Luis Ginocchio Balcazar||Agriculture Minister|
|Jose Villena Petrosino||Minister of Labour and Employment Promotion|
|José Antonio Urquizo Maggia||Minister of Production|
|José Luis Silva Martinot||Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism|
|Jorge Humberto Merino Tafur||Minister of Energy and Mines|
|Carlos Paredes Rodríguez||Minister of Transport and Communications|
|René Cornejo Diaz||Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation|
|Ana Jara||Minister of Women and Social Development|
|Manuel Pulgar Vidal||Environment Minister|
|Luis Alberto Peirano Falconi||Minister of Culture|
|Carolina Trivelli||Minister for Social Inclusion and Development|