Peruvian President Swears In New Cabinet Members
By Dialogo May 17, 2012
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swore in three new ministers on May 14, amid questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Shining Path guerrilla group.
The new members of the administration, who were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Gilded Hall (Salón Dorado) of Government Palace, were retired general Wilber Calle Girón, as Interior Minister, member of Congress José Antonio Urquizo, as Defense Minister, and small-business specialist Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, as Production Minister.
Urquizo replaces Alfredo Otárola, who resigned, while Calle Girón, who was serving as deputy minister for policy at the Defense Ministry, is taking over the Interior portfolio from Daniel Lozada, who also resigned.
The new ministers are the third to occupy their respective posts in only ten months since President Humala has been in office. The resigning ministers were sworn in on December 11, 2011.
According to analysts, Humala seeks to calm the political atmosphere –heated by questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, with these appointments. Only weeks ago, Shining Path caused the deaths of ten members of the security forces in coca-growing areas of the country.