10/01/2018 Politics

Kuczynski took the oath to the new ministerial cabinet

The President of Perú called "reconciliation" because he will try to calm the controversy that sparked the pardon that he granted late last year to former president Alberto Fujimori.

 

 

Presidencia de Peru

 

The new team, which, like the previous one, is chaired by the second vice president of the government, Mercedes Aráoz, has eight new members and one minister who changed her portfolio, while nine other officials remain.

However, despite his intentions, Kuczynski failed to accept figures from opposition parties to join the cabinet.

The only extraparty supporters are the new ministers of Labor, Javier Barreda, and of Health, Abel Salinas, who belonged to the Peruvian Aprista Party (PAP) of former President Alan García, an organization that expelled them from their ranks as soon as they swore.

 

The new minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Arista
The new minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Arista

 
 

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Among the novelties of the cabinet are the assumption of the retired general Jorge Kisic in Defense and that of the novelist Alejandro Neyra in Culture, as well as the pass of Cayetana Aljovín de Energía y Minas a Relaciones Exteriores.

The new ministers of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Arista; of Development and Social Inclusion, Jorge Meléndez; of Health, Abel Salinas; of Production, Lieneke Schol, and Energy and Mines, Angela Grossheim.

 

The new ministers of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Arista
The new ministers of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Arista

 

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Between the ratified ones they appear the ministers of Justice, Enrique Mendoza - considered like one of the architects of the pardon to Fujimori, and of Housing, Carlos Bruce, one of the main spokesmen of the oficialismo.

Kuczynski had lost in the last weeks the interior ministers, Carlos Basombrío; Defense, Jorge Nieto, and Culture, Salvador del Solar, for dissent with the arguments of the president to explain their links with the questioned company Odebrecht, the first, and with the pardon to Fuijimori, the other two.

 

 
 

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After the ceremony, Kuczynski promised "a government close to the people and their needs, ready to solve the problems they face on a daily basis, placing the State at the service and not the personal interests."

"We need to put aside our differences for this greater goal, which is the union," said the president, who said he will maintain "a permanent dialogue route with citizens"

Peru is experiencing a climate of political tension after Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori - sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity - three days after the unicameral Congress failed to reach the necessary votes to dismiss him thanks to the abstention of 10 Fujimori legislators.

 

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