Do not hit the ideal team yet, as sports commentators say. So far, the president Lenin Moreno has changed or replaced 40% of the members of the ministerial cabinet with which the Government began, on May 24, 2017.
The latest changes were in the Economy and Energy portfolios, on Tuesday, as EXPRESO said in its edition yesterday. But the forecast is that in the coming days there will be new adjustments. In the corridors of Carondelet we talk about possible changes in Interior, Public Works or Health .
On the day of his possession, Moreno signed Executive Decree No. 8 with which he appointed 36 ministers and secretaries of state. Of these, 15 no longer hold the positions for which they were appointed.
Special case is that of María Alejandra Vicuña who had a ‘promotion’. Started as Minister of Housing and now holds the Vice Presidency of the Republic, after the departure of Jorge Glas, detained in jail 4 with a sentence of six years for his participation in the corruption plot of the construction company Odebrecht.
They were also ‘recycled’ Miguel Carvajal, who went from Defense to Politics; Andrés Mideros , who changed the Secretariat of Planning for the General of the Presidency, and Jorge Wated , who started in the Company of Public Companies Coordinator and now he directs the Works Contracting Service ( Secob ) .
The others passed without much pain or glory for the cabinet and now they are no longer part of the Government. The record for his brief passage in the team of Moreno is held by the correísta Ricardo Patiño, although he was not held on May 24 but on July 4 as ‘presidential adviser’. He was only one month and 24 days in office. He separated when the discrepancies began within Alianza PAIS.
Paola Pabón also correísta was only three months and four days as secretary of the Policy. Almost as much as Elsa Parodi in the Ministry of Energy. She came out after commenting to journalists, last Monday, that the government is analyzing the future of the gas subsidy. Yesterday, in your Twitter account, regretted that there were unfinished changes. “In three months you can not correct or eliminate everything bad that has been done for years,” he said.
Two officials resigned amid accusations: Richard Espinosa left the IESS before the resolution to dismiss the Comptroller’s Office is executed IvánEspinel he resigned from the Ministry of Inclusion when irregularities appeared in his patrimonial declaration.
Two controversial resignations were those of Eduardo Mangas, the man closest to Moreno who occupied the secretariat of the Presidency, and Rommy Vallejo, who left the Intelligence Secretariat.
Surprisingly, it is the most unstable ministry. Electricity and Renewable Energy already has three owners: José Medardo Cadena was installed on May 24 and six months later resigned. Elsi Parodi took his place until Tuesday. For now, Rubén Barreno Ramos is in charge of the position.
The honeymoon with the Correistas lasted little. In addition to Paola Pabón and Ricardo Patiño, also passed through the cabinet, although in second-line positions, Virgilio Hernandez, Patrick Rivera, Diego Martínez.They left the government last year. The first three are now part of the opposition.
The new ones
The president’s team adjusted to fulfill their campaign promises, especially those related to their social plan. Irina Cabezas, one of the closest collaborators of the president, joined the cabinet at the end of May 2017 with the creation of the Whole Life Technical Secretariat. (I)