Bolivian current government has new ministers and some recycled/reused individuals

Today, current government has made some changes on the cabinet of ministers, the list provided by El Deber’s website follows after this cartoon from El Diario, January 22, 2012.

You can see a relay race, the title reads: “Circuit – Ministers’ relay race” Among those “re-used” is Quintana, who left the government highly questioned, apparently the government believes the world has short memory…

What is more striking is that chances are there will be no major changes in the way this political party rules the country. It is more of the same, where the caudillo figure continues to be the center of that little universe. By placing Romero and Quintana in those crucial positions, we could predict that this year will be difficult, and that the government will be less committed to dialogue and negotiation. Times are harder and so are the way this government is preparing to conflict, to prevail at all costs and set up the ground for next presidential election, opposition leaders, the Catholic Church and the press will continue to be under fire.

Here is the list, there are seven new, eleven ratified and two that are coming back to the cabinet, the complete article in Spanish is in the link below, thank you:

1. David Choquehuanca Céspedes – Ministro de Relaciones Interiores (Foreign Affairs)

2. Juan Ramón Quintana Taborga–  Ministro de la Presidencia (Minister of the Presidency)

3. Carlos Gustavo Romero Bonifaz–  Ministro de Gobierno (M of Government)

4. Rubén Aldo Saavedra Soto –  Ministro de Defensa (M of Defense)

5. Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa –  Ministra de Planificación del Desarrollo (M of Planning and Development)

6. Luis Alberto Arce Catacora –  Ministro de Economía y Finanzas Públicas (M of Economics and Public Finances)

7. Juan José Hernando Sosa Soruco –  Ministro de Hidrocarburos y Energía (Hydrocarbons and Energy)

8. Ana Teresa Morales Olivera– Ministra de Desarrollo Productivo y Economía Plural (Productive Development and Plural Economy)

9. Arturo Vladimir Sánchez Escóbar – Ministro de Obras Públicas, Servicios y Vivienda (Public Works, Services and Housing)

10. Mario Virreira Iporre –  Ministro de Minería y Metalurgia (Mining and Metallurgy)

11. Cecilia Luisa Ayllón Quinteros – Ministra de Justicia (Justice)

12. Daviel Santalla Tórrez –  Ministro de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social (Labor, Employment and Social Prevision)

13. Juan Carlos Calvimontes Camargo¬ – Ministro de Salud y Deportes (Health and Sports)

14. Felipe Quispe Quenta – Ministro de Medio Ambiente y Agua (Environment and Water)

15. Roberto Iván Aguilar Gómez – Ministro de Educación (Education)

16. Nemesia Achacollo Tola – Ministra de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras (Rural Development and Land)

17.  Claudia Peña Claros – Ministra de Autonomías (Autonomy)

18. Nardi Suxo Iturri – Ministra de Transparencia Institucional y Lucha Contra la Corrupción (Institutional Transparency and Fight against corruption)

19. Pablo César Groux Canelas – Ministro de Culturas (Cultures)

20. Amanda Dávila Tórrez – Ministra de Comunicación (Communications)

Something to remember: Not so long ago, Bolivia used to have from ten to twelve ministers, now there are twenty which are reflected in how high expenditures on the executive branch, salaries, utilities, incidentals, per diem, etc.). More bureaucracy that does not help increase our productivity, much less our competitiveness with the rest of the world.

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