Humala to name cabinet by month-end

President-elect Ollanta Humala will announce his cabinet before month-end, the 48-year-old former army officer was quoted as saying by daily El Comercio.

Humala’s government transition team has begun coordinations with the different government ministries and institutions. The general coordinator of the team is Marisol Espinoza, Humala’s second vice-president, who met with cabinet chief Rosario Fernandez to begin the transition process.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance team will include economist Kurt Burneo, a former president of the state-owned Banco de la Nacion, Oscar Dancourt, the former president of the Central Bank, and economist Felix Jimenez, the author of Humala’s original government plan.

The Mines and Energy ministry team is led by the left-wing sociologist Manuel Dammert, but Espinoza said that the team would also be including economist Humberto Campodónico and former Mines and Energy minister Carlos Herrera.

Humala will assume Peru’s presidency on July 28, following his victory over opponent Keiko Fujimori in the June 5 run-off vote.

He completed a tour Wednesday to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile and is now planning to travel to Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

Plans are also in the works for Humala to travel to the United States, the US ambassador in Peru, Rose Likins, said.

Likins said the embassy is currently working on a schedule for Humala to travel to Washington. “It is good news for us that he is available to use some of his days before assuming his responsibilities to visit our country. We are now preparing a schedule and hope to have him in Washington,” Likins said.

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