Peru President: Ministerial Cabinet seeks dialogue

12:04 | Lima, Mar. 14.

President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday affirmed the new Ministerial Cabinet —led by Prime Minister Salvador del Solarclearly opts for dialogue in order to achieve the current administration's goals.

According to the Head of State, the officials showed enthusiasm, commitment, and willingness during the first cabinet meeting. 

Likewise, the top official indicated there is excellent professional capacity and experience in the Ministerial Cabinet. The group is composed of nine women and nine men under Del Solar's leadership.

"The Executive Branch now aims for the future with works that generate progress and development. On the base of the first year, we will build progress and development for all Peruvians. This is like a building that must have good foundations," he expressed. 


On the other hand, the top official urged Congress to urgently approve the initiatives submitted by the Executive Branch with the purpose of reforming the justice system

"(…) Only one has been passed, six are still in process," the statesman added. 


Furthermore, he mentioned the civil reparations amount that Odebrecht must pay to Peru should be higher.

As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes to government officials in Peru, in order to secure public-works contracts.

As a result, Odebrecht benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department. 

In addition, four ex-Presidents have been linked to the Brazilian company such as: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018)

Former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori —currently under preventive detention— also allegedly received money from Odebrecht for her 2011 campaign.

Odebrecht will pay S/610 million (around US$182 million) —plus interests that may arise— in civil reparations to the Peruvian State over a period of 15 years as part of this agreement signed with Peru's Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group.


Published: 3/14/2019
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