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  • President Lenin Moreno (seated, 3L) and Vice-President Maria Vicuña (seated, 2L) swear in new cabinet members, May 16, 2018.

    President Lenin Moreno (seated, 3L) and Vice-President Maria Vicuña (seated, 2L) swear in new cabinet members, May 16, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 May 2018

After just one year in office, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno has replaced more than 50 percent of his cabinet. 

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno appointed several new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, making it the executive's second major ministerial change so far this year.

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Moreno, who will complete one year in office next week, swore in several new ministers and a new secretary of government planning and development at the Government Palace.

The president tweeted: "Today we appoint new ministers with whom we'll continue to work with for a peaceful, inclusive and supportive country. Infinite thanks to those who form part of this team, for your work toward those who need it most."

The newly appointed cabinet members are Richard Martinez as minister of economy and finance; Juan Sebastian Roldan as secretary to the president; Eduardo Jurado as secretary general to the president, Paul Granda as secretary of policy, and Jose Agusto as director of planning and development. Boris Palacio is now minister of transportation.

Several of the changes were made as a result of a recent bout of resignations. During the first year of his tenure, Moreno's cabinet has so far flipped by 50 percent. 

Martinez, 37, is seen as a business-friendly appointment and indicative of the government's further shift to the right. He has served since 2015 as president of the Ecuadorean Business Committee, which strongly opposed former President Rafael Correa's capital gains tax law passed in 2015.

The law was popularly repealed this year when Moreno, also of Correa's Alliance PAIS, included the question in a national referendum.


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