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Ecuador: Cabinet Changes Announced

  • President Guillermo Lasso during the inauguration ceremony of the new authorities. Jul. 5, 2022.

    President Guillermo Lasso during the inauguration ceremony of the new authorities. Jul. 5, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@ComunicacionEc

Published 5 July 2022

The President did not say who would head the Ministry of Health or the Secretariat of Peoples and Nationalities.

Changes came in Economy and Finance; Urban Development and Housing; Transport and Public Works; Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; and who presides the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security board of directors. 

Ecuadorians Will Not Be Able to Remove President Lasso

According to Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, these changes "obey the orderly fulfillment of stages, within a coherent and long-term vision" and are not the result of particular circumstances, namely an 18-day national strike and an impeachment attempt against the President in the National Assembly.  

Pablo Arosemena, the new assigned minister of Economy and Finance, said, "I have closely felt the needs of the citizens. International confidence is to grow the economy, promote the construction of public works and the generation of quality employment," adding that the economic plan will now be more focused on the family, business and productive economy.  

María Gabriela Aguilera Jaramillo was appointed Minister of Urban Development and Housing (MIDUVI). In this respect, Lasso announced the implementation of the SDG (sustainable development goals) Cities program, saying, "We will design policies to have more inclusive, safer cities and to reduce housing deficits." 

CHANGES IN THE MINISTERIAL CABINET through a statement issued by Comunicacion Ecuador, it was announced that President Guillermo Lasso accepted the resignation presented by four state portfolio authorities. 

The President appointed Darío Herrera as Minister of Transportation and Public Works (MTOP), while Andrea Montalvo will be the new Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT).
As for the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS), Alfredo Ortega was appointed the President's representative to chair the Board of Directors.  

Lasso asked to work on the ways of access for universities,  the delivery of quotas, and the strengthening of technical and technological education with the provision of more scholarships. 

Given the delay in processing the reforms to the Higher Education Law (LOES), sent in August 2021, the President said that work would be done on decrees and agreements to achieve its objective concerning access to higher education.

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