Quito ( Associated Press) – After 18 days of violent indigenous protests by the end of last week, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Tuesday decided to renew four members of his cabinet, including strategic ministers of finance and public works .
The president appointed new secretaries Pablo Arosemena in Finance, Dario Rivera in Public Works, María Aguilera in Housing and Andrea Montalvo in Higher Education. The appointment of the head of the health department is pending following the resignation submitted by Ximena Garzón, who led the government’s first 100 days of vaccination plans for nine million people.
In the act of inauguration, the president said that after peace was restored “I repeat my message of unity to the people of Ecuador” and expressed that after the strike “there are challenges of another kind, even more so in the countryside.” Pay attention” because Ecuador’s vision of development has long been an urban one.
Arosemena said that their economic management would be guided by the Order with a social focus and stressed that the first would be to “prioritize and proceed with the execution of social spending from the Ministry of Finance … so that public spending reaches Ecuadorians through services.” Arrived, credits, bonuses and all benefits”.
Between 13 and 30 June, Ecuador was nearly paralyzed by a national strike that involved a strict blockade of the country’s main highways and caused shortages in some cities, especially in the north.
To end the protests, the government and the indigenous people signed a peace deal with ten demands, which officials promised to follow in 90 days through negotiations ratified by representatives from both sides.
In complying with such demands, the ministries of finance, health, public works and higher education, among others, have a decisive role to play.
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