Paraguay: President-Elect Horacio Cartes Announces Cabinet

Horacio Cartes (Photo Courtesy of Flickr)

Horacio Cartes (Photo Courtesy of Flickr)

Horacio Cartes, Paraguay’s president-elect, who takes power on Thursday, has announced his 11 cabinet members.

Cartes assigned the ex-president of the Central Bank German Rojas as Minister of Finance, Eladio Loizaga as Minister of Foreign Relations, Bernardino Soto will be in as Defence Minister, and Francisco de Vargas Interior Minister.

“The election of each minister was done exclusively on the basis of integrity,” affirmed Cartes. “We said that we would look for a national selection committed to all the compatriots of our republic”.

Cartes added that the future ministers have the “enormous responsibility” of honouring the confidence of those who voted for them in April. “It will be the beginning of a story that us Paraguayans want, a government for all, an inclusive government, our great obligation is with the citizens (…) we need all the Paraguayans to help us, to orientate us.”

Six presidents will accompany Horacio Cartes when he takes office this Thursday, at 8.30am local time in the gardens of the Government House in Asunción, thus replacing Federico Franco. Amongst those are the presidents of Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Taiwan and Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Cartes won the elections on 21st April with 45% of the vote, bringing back to power the Colorado Party that had ruled for decades after defeating the Authentic Radical Liberal Party of acting president Federico Franco.

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