President Garcia Names New Cabinet Ministers With AM-Pope, Bjt
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ President Alan Garcia has named a new Cabinet, including a retired admiral as interior minister, the government’s official gazette reported Saturday.
The 15-member Cabinet resigned en masse a week ago after strident criticism from opposition parties that accused Garcia and his ministers of failing to halt Peru’s economic decline or control guerrilla violence.
Garcia, who announced the appointments late Friday, named retired Adm. Juan Soria Diaz, who has served as president of the joint military command, as interior minister, La Cronica reported. He replaced Jose Barsallo.
The government’s fight against leftist guerrillas, whose eight-year insurgency has cost more than 10,000 lives, is directed by the interior ministry.
Garcia’s naming of Soria Diaz was viewed by analysts as a sign the government will implement tougher anti-insurgency policies.
Sen. Armando Villanueva, 72, a long-time leader of the center-left Aprista Party, was named prime minister, replacing Guillermo Larco Cox.
Garcia named eight new ministers, while the seven others were renamed to their posts, the government daily said.
It was the second Cabinet shakeup since Garcia took office in July 1985.
In other key changes, Luis Gonzales, former ambassador to the Organization of American States, was named to head the foreign ministry, while Cesar Robles was tabbed finance minister, La Cronica said.
Other appointments were: Guillermo Arteaga as industry minister; Romulo Leon Alegria as fishing minister; Luis Pinillos as health minister and retired Gen. Francisco Maury as transportation minister, La Cronica said.
The full Cabinet also resigned a year ago, following an internal party dispute between Garcia and then Prime Minister Luis Alva Castro. Most minister at that time were renamed to Cabinet slots.