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Peru’s Cabinet Re-Shuffle

The following  according to Peru website La Mula (which is usually well sourced on political affairs) is the list of the new ministers that will be sworn in by President Humala at 8pm tonight (about 2 1/2 hours from now). First the new faces in the cabinet:

Justice: Juan Jiménez
Environment: Manuel Pulgar Vidal
Agriculture: Luis Ginocchio
Women and Social Development: Ana Jara
Interior: Daniel Lozada
Defense: Alberto Otárola
Culture: Luis Peirano
Work: José Villena
Production: José Urquizo
Energy and Mines: Jorge Humberto Merino

 Meanwhile, these are the ministers who will get to keep their jobs:

Economy: Luis Miguel Castilla
Development and Social Inclusion: Carolina Trivelli
Tourism and Foreign Commerce: José Silva
Health: Alberto Tejada
Education: Patricia Salas
Transport and Communications: Carlos Paredes
Housing: René Cornejo
Foreign Relations: Rafael Roncagliolo

Comment: This is a big reshuffle and particularly big for a government that’s just four months old. Humala has got rid of some names he thought weren’t performing well, but has also injected new blood that will likely support him if and when he takes a harder line against protesters, starting with those in Cajamarca against the Minas Conga project. Notable is that most of the “big ministry” posts such as Foreign, Economy, Health are left unchanged. It’s still tough to know exactly how cards will fall, but the chances of violent episodes in that region are now much higher than they were a week ago, when the “dialogue first” message of ex-PM Salomon Lerner held sway.

We live in interesting times, unfortunately. By the way, be clear that this list is unconfirmed and if there are any differences when the real deal happens later, an update to this post will happen.

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