PPK unveils new cabinet
18 July 2016
On 15 July, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his first cabinet. As expected, it represents more a technocratic team than one that solidifies political alliances. Many appointments represent trusted friends of the incoming president. The main partisan appointment, perhaps, is that of Marisol Pérez Tello (from the PPC) as justice minister.
As pre-announced, Fernando Zavala (a close confidant of Kuczynski’s) is the new prime minister and Alfredo Thorne becomes minister of economy and finance. Also, as widely foreseen, Jaime Saavedra continues at education. He is widely perceived as having done a good job under President Ollanta Humala. Martín Vizcarra’s appointment was also widely expected. He is PPK’s first vice-president.
As PSG, we welcome the appointment of Carlos Basombrío as minister of the interior. Carlos has worked previously at the Instituto de Defensa Legal. Given the importance of this ministry in honouring promises to clean up the police and provide for better citizen security, he will have his job cut out.
Also welcome appointments are Gonzalo Tamayo, from Macroconsult, to head Energy and Mines, and Elsa Galarza from the Universidad del Pacífico, to lead the Environment Ministry. They are serious and experienced people, but the institutions they will now lead are going to need sensitivity, resources and political leverage if a way through the policy difficulties is to be found.
The full list of appointments is as follows:
President of the Council of Ministers: Fernando Zavala
Foreign Relations: Ricardo Luna
Economy and Finance: Alfredo Thorne
Interior: Carlos Basombrío
Justice: Marisol Pérez Tello
Agriculture: José Manuel Hernández
Education: Jaime Saavedra
Energy and Mines: Gonzalo Tamayo
Pruduction: Bruno Guiffra
Health: Patricia García
Foreign Trade and Tourism: Eduardo Ferreyros
Transport and Communications: Martín Vizcarra
Housing: Edmer Trujillo
Environment: Elsa Galarza
Women: Ana María Romero-Lozada
Labour: Alfonso Grados
Culture: Jorge Nieto
Development and Social Inclusion: Cayetana Aljovín