In a television interview yesterday evening, Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala—set to take office on Thursday (July 28)—unveiled eight additional appointments to his administration’s cabinet. He named engineer René Cornejo to head the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation. He also tapped Peruvian doctor Alberto Tejada to lead the Ministry of Health. Humala designated constitutional lawyer Fernando Eguiguren to direct the Ministry of Justice, while choosing former president of the Association of Exporters, José Luis Silva, to be foreign trade and tourism minister.
An earlier round of appointments was made last week, as Humala selected centrist politicians Daniel Mora and Kurt Burneo to respectively head the defense and production ministries. Both leaders served during former President Alejandro Toledo’s administration from 2001 to 2006. Humala also reappointed incumbent President Alan García’s popular choice of Central Bank Governor, Julio Velarde, to another five-year term. International markets responded favorably.
Other portfolios named yesterday included the ministries of labor, interior, transportation and communications, and agriculture. The president-elect has not yet named ministers of culture or education. View more of Humala’s appointments.