Peru: Eda Rivas swears in as new Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Eda Rivas was sworn in as the country’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday afternoon, after Rafael Roncagliolo handed in his resignation on Tuesday, citing health concerns, El Comercio reported.

During the ceremony Daniel Figallo was named as Rivas’ replacement, and was sworn in as Minister of Justice.

Rivas is the first women to hold the office of Peru’s foreign minister, the daily said.

>Rumors about >Roncagliolo’s resignation had become prevalent over the past weeks, after comments the minister made > >led to tensions with Venezuela and its newly elected President Nicolas Maduro, leading Venezuela to temporarily recall its ambassador.

Roncagliolo was part of the Humala administration since the president took office in July 2011, and served under Humala’s three cabinets.

During the swearing in ceremony, Humala praised Roncagliolo, who was in attendance, citing his contribution to strengthening economic ties with other countries.

“This has contributed to Peru becoming the country with the largest growth in foreign investments in Latin America,” Humala said, according to Andina.

“We regret Rafael Roncagliolo’s resignation from our cabinet, but we will continue with the fraternal relationship we have maintained through these years,” the president added.

Eda Rivas was sworn in as the country’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday afternoon, after Rafael Roncagliolo handed in his resignation on Tuesday, citing health concerns.

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