Mesa Shakes Up Cabinet

As expected, President Carlos Mesa has reshaped his cabinet for the third time since assuming the Presidency. Also, as expected, new cabinet members represent sectors of the country that have opposed Mesa or recently came out in public support for him.

For example, Walter Kreidler, who has strong ties to the Santa Cruz businessmen, has been named Minister of Economic Development.

Also, individuals closely tied with members of the bancada patriótica and newly elected mayors were given Cabinet positions.

La bancada patriótica que es afín al Gobierno tiene tres representantes en el Ejecutivo: el ministro de Servicios y Obras Públicas, René Gómez García; el de Asuntos Campesinos y Agropecuarios, Víctor Gabriel Barrios; y el de Asuntos Indígenas, Pedro Ticona. Barrios es hijo del senador emebelista Franz Barrios; y Ticona responde a la corriente de Filemón Escóbar (MAS).

Los alcaldes, que apoyaron a Mesa mientras duró el conflicto con Santa Cruz, también tienen presencia en la nueva estructura. El ministro de Minería y Metalurgia (cartera creada), Jorge Espinoza, fue propuesto por el burgomaestre potosino, René Joaquino.

All this is an effort to increase backing in Congress, something he had not received in his 1+ year in office. Of the 16 cabinet positions (ratificado” and remained in their positions.

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