Peru’s Prime Minister Salomón Lerner resigns
LIMA – The President’s press office released a statement at 16:00 Saturday, December 10, informing that Prime Minister Salomón Lerner Ghitis presented President Ollanta Humala with his letter of resignation.
President Humala has accepted Lerner’s resignation, thanking him for his noteworthy services to the nation.
He named Óscar Valdes Dancuart to take on the role of Prime Minister and President of the Ministers Council in Lerner’s place. Óscar Valdes has served Humala’s government as Minister of the Interior to date.
Lerner commented in his letter of resignation that he has worked together with the president and his government to resolve social conflicts in the country through democratic dialog. To this he added that a new governmental strategy is required and that he was liberating the president to make changes in “complete freedom”.
Óscar Valdes Dancuart, a businessman and ex-military colonel, takes over Lerner’s role and enters the heated environment of resolving the social conflicts in the country. He has been actively involved in trying to resolve the dispute in Cajamarca where protesters are demonstrating against the Conga mining project.