Peruvian politicians respond to Humala’s cabinet appointments


President-elect Humala (Photo: El Comercio )

After President-elect Ollanta Humala made his nominees known, local press was abuzz with reactions from politicians.

Juan Sheput, head of Perú Posible, said the nominations of Salomon Lerner and Luis Miguel Castilla Ghitis would bring a sense of calm to the country and businesses.

Sheput mentioned that Lerner also helped the government of former president Alejandro Toledo. “We are confident that his appointment will give calm to the country,” he said, in an article in El Comercio.

"Perú Posible is very satisfied with the nomination, because we know Salomón from long ago. He’s had a strong social calling since his college days. He’s also led the Association for Civil Transparency, during a difficult time for Peruvian democracy," Sheput said, in a statement to radio station RPP.

Sheput said Castilla would continue the economic policies of recent years, which "have been successful", but insisted they must be complemented with a series of social programs. "It is useless to speak of resources if they are not generating distribution," he said.

Raul Castro, secretary general of Partido Popular Cristiano (PPC), told news agency Andina that the nominations gave an excellent signal of continuity of governance. Castro said nominations were "a good letter of introduction from President Humala.”

Castro added that most of the nominees were highly qualified individuals, in their respective fields. "Overall, these appointments have the characteristic of being mature, from a political point of view," he said.

Lourdes Flores, president of PPC, said Lerner’s nomination was "natural."

"I get the impression that the cabinet seeks to be moderate, at least in this early stage," she said in an interview with Canal N, and quoted in El Comercio.

Flores said that the re-appointment of Julio Velarde as head of the Central Reserve Bank, as well as the appointments of Castilla and Burneo, also furthered these notions of a moderate cabinet.

The Peruvian Exporters’ Association (Adex) welcomed Castillas nomination as finance minister. Patricia Teullet, general manager of Adex, told Andina the nomination was “a magnificent sign that Humala has heard investors’ concerns."

"It reveals pragmatism and that he’s prioritizing long-term development over measures designed for effect and with an ideological face," Teullet added.

El Comercio reported that during a visit to the National Institute for Children’s Health, President García declined to answer reporter’s questions about the nominees, stating he had a sore throat, and his doctor had recommended him not to speak.