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Peru president names fifth PM, keeps finance minister in Cabinet shuffle

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:19 AM
 
Peru's President Ollanta Humala (above) named his housing minister as his fifth prime minister on Monday in a Cabinet shuffle that reappointed his widely respected finance but replaced his energy and mines minister. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LIMA (REUTERS) - Peru's President Ollanta Humala named his housing minister as his fifth prime minister on Monday in a Cabinet shuffle that reappointed his widely respected finance but replaced his energy and mines minister.

Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla had tendered his resignation to Humala - three government sources said earlier on Monday - following a dispute with outgoing Cabinet chief Cesar Villanueva over a potential increase to the minimum wage.

Humala replaced Energy and Mines minister Jorge Merino with Eleodoro Mayorga Alba, a former petroleum economist at the World Bank, in a televised ceremony.

Humala chose Housing Minister Rene Cornejo, the former head of the state investment promotion agency Proinversion, to lead his new Cabinet.

 
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