Peru

President changes Cabinet


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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Most notable casualties in the reshuffle are Susana Baca who was the first Cabinet minister of African descent, she has been replaced by Luis Peirano in the Ministry of Culture.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
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