Lima, Nov 12 (EFE) .- The president of Peru, Manuel Merino, took the oath to his cabinet of ministers this Thursday and promised that he will not make “any traumatic changes” during the transition period that he must lead until the next 28 of July after the dismissal of Martín Vizcarra.
Merino, who was president of Congress and took office last Tuesday, made this statement as soon as he took the oath of office, with the intention of clearing the rejection of citizens and fears that he will give way to populism.
The inauguration of Merino and the appointment of the veteran conservative Antero Flores-Aráoz as prime minister have enervated the spirits of the citizens, considering that they represent a rancid political class with little interest in the majority and democracy.
Flores-Aráoz was a legislator between 1990 and 2005 for the conservative Christian Popular Party (PPC), candidate for the Presidency in 2016 and Minister of Defense in the second government of the late former president Alan García (2006-2011).
OLD KNOWN FACES
Among the figures summoned to make up Merino’s cabinet are others close to García’s party, such as the Minister of Health, Abel Salinas, the son of a well-known activist of the Aprista Party and who held the same position in the government of the economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. (2016-2018).
Likewise, Augusto Valqui, the former minister during García’s first government, was sworn in as the new head of Transport and Communications and dedicated his appointment to the memory of the founder of the Aprista Party, Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre.
Despite this, his appointment generated rejection from other Apristas leaders such as former Congressman Jorge del Castillo, who asked Merino not to take the oath because it would be “a crass mistake that offends the Apristas and the memory of Alan García.” , because Valqui was an open detractor of the former president.
Both García and Kuczynski have been linked to the Odebrecht corruption scandal, as has Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), in whose government Carlos Herrera served as Minister of Energy and Mines, the same portfolio in which he was sworn in this Thursday.
Kuczynski’s government also includes the new Minister of Education, Fernando D’Alessio; while the Minister for Women, Patricia Teullet, was Vice Minister of Economy during the government of Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) when Kuczynski was the head of that portfolio.
Merino has remarked that he has summoned high-level professionals to join his cabinet, without paying any interest in his political color, although they mainly represent sectors of the center-right, with strong ties in business circles and passing through the public administration.
Several of the projects that the Congress, which Merino also presides, has promoted in recent months were described as populist for endangering the serious situation of the Public Treasury in a context of economic and health crisis due to the pandemic.
For this reason, the ruler stressed this Thursday that during his “transitional government” they will not abandon the population that needs “more attention than ever”, nor will it “produce any traumatic change.”
“The State must continue to function and respect the technical work of all instances,” he said.
REJECTION PERSISTS IN STREETS
However, doubts persist among the political and civil sectors, who consider that several of the ministers may present conflicts of interest, including Prime Minister Flores-Aráoz, whose law firm represented a university that has sued the authorities for denying him the operating license.
The swearing-in of the new cabinet has not brought the calm that Merino has asked of the population, which has maintained its protests since Vizcarra’s dismissal, and this Thursday will gather in a demonstration that is expected to be massive.
“We respect those who have a dissenting opinion, but we call for calm so that any demonstration takes place within tranquility,” Merino said in anticipation of the new day of protest called at the national level from social networks.
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