New Cabinet Takes Office in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ President Carlos Andres Perez swore in seven new Cabinet ministers Sunday, including a foreign minister who had previously served as Perez’s chief of staff.
On Friday, President Carlos Andres Perez asked his entire Cabinet to resign and the following day announced a new body of advisers. Perez praised the outgoing Cabinet but said changes were ″usual″ after six months in power.
It was the first Cabinet reorganization since he was inaugurated on Feb. 2.
The new foreign minister, Reinaldo Figueredo, replaces Enrique Tejera Paris. In other changes, Raul de Armas became the new agriculture minister, Elias Osuna transport minister, Manuel Adrianza health minister, Jesuus Ramoon Carmona chief of staff, German Lairet labor minister and Marisela Padron family minister.
All other Cabinet ministers stayed on, including Planning Minister Miguel Rodriguez, the architect of the governent’s economic policy.
The new ministers were sworn in as the governing Democratic Action Party held nationwide primaries to choose candidates for December gubernatorial and municipal elections.
The leftist Movement Towards Socialism, the second-largest opposition party, also held primaries Sunday.
December will mark the first time Venezuelans vote for governor in the 22 states and federal territories. Previously, governors were nominated by the president.