11 December 2016
The resignation of Mariano González puts Jorge Nieto in charge of the defence ministry. Nieto, a sociologist and political commentator, who began his career on the left, was previously the minister of culture. Nieto’s place at the culture minister has been taken by Salvador del Solar. An actor in films and on television as well as a film director, del Solar made a name for himself by directing the film ‘Magallanes’ which addressed the violence that overtook Peru in the 1980s and early 1990s. In an interview, del Solar, whose ministry plays an important part in seeking to mitigate community violence against extractive industries, says that he sees the need to promote a “culture of dialogue” in Peru. He goes on: “from the ministry of culture I promise to work listening to others, without imposing labels (…) and so help to building a country that is diverse and tolerant for our grandchildren”.