MONTEVIDEO – Uruguayan President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou unveiled this Monday the makeup of his Cabinet starting March 1, 2020, when he becomes head of state for the 2020-2025 term.
Lacalle Pou, of the center-right National Party (PN), chose a downtown Montevideo hotel to display the official photo of those he has chosen for his “government of action,” as he called it.
He said that he and his ministers, secretaries and directors-general met before the official announcement and all agreed “to unite in weaving the dream and making it come true by their actions, which is one of the hardest things a political leader can achieve.”
Eleven men and two women will make up this Cabinet, which will depend on “dialogue as something ever-present and always necessary,” said Lacalle Pou, adding that they will all be “committed to what the nation really needs.”
There will be seven members of the PN in the next administration, three from the center-left Colorado Party (PC), two from the rightist Cabildo Abierto party (CA), and one from the center-left Independent Party (PI).
The right-wing Party of the People (PG) is the only element of the “multicolor” coalition, as Lacalle Pou likes to call the pact signed by five parties with representation in the legislature, that was not given a seat in the executive branch at the ministerial level.
Lacalle Pou won the presidential run-off election on Nov. 24 by defeating the candidate of the leftist Broad Front (FA), which has governed Uruguay since 2005, and which was driven out of power after the two terms of Tabare Vazquez (2005-2010 and 2015-2020) and the one of Jose Mujica (2010-2015).These are the members of the Lacalle Pou Cabinet:
- Economy and Finance Minister: Azucena Arbeleche (PN)
- Interior Minister: Jorge Larrañaga (PN)
- Foreign Minister: Ernesto Talvi (PC)
- Defense Minister: Javier Garcia (PN)
- Social Development Minister: Pablo Bartol (PN)
- Labor and Social Security Minister: Pablo Mieres (PI)
- Education and Culture Minister: Pablo Da Silveira (PN)
- Industry, Energy and Mining Minister: Omar Paganini (PN)
- Transport and Public Works Minister: Luis Alberto Heber (PN)
- Public Health Minister: Daniel Salinas (CA)
- Tourism Minister: German Cardoso (PC)
- Agriculture, Stockbreeding and Fishing Minister: Carlos Maria Uriarte (PC)
- Housing, Property Ordinance and Environment Minister: Irene Moreira (CA).
- Planning and Budget Office: Isaac Alfie (PC)
- Secretary of the Presidency: Alvaro Delgado (Todos, PN)
- Deputy Secretary of the Presidency: Rodrigo Ferres (Todos, PN).