Elections 2021: What could be the profile of the Prime Minister of Pedro Castillo or Keiko Fujimori?

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Once the ONPE official results of the second round, one of the first definitions of Pedro Castillo (Free Peru) or Keiko Fujimori (Popular Force) will be the person who will accompany them in the conduction of the Ministerial Cabinet. A position that, according to various analysts, should have an independent profile.

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Until the closing of that report, neither of the two candidates has outlined names of their possible heads of the Ministerial Cabinet. Despite this, on May 17, Ricardo Belmont told -through a Facebook video– who had met with Castillo the day before: “He said to me ‘Ricardo, would you like to assume an important responsibility at the government’s highest level? A ministry or the presidency of the Council of Ministers? ‘ I thanked him “.

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On the Fujimori side, the only time the prime minister has been discussed was in the presentation of your technical team expanded, on May 18.

“I will do everything possible and impossible to contribute my experience in public management, both in the interior, to the president of the Council of Ministers. Peru needs an efficient Presidency of the Council of Ministers, where it is the great director within a cabinet that has to do joint tasks and with a lot of communication with the Peruvian people “said Óscar Valdés, member of the technical team and former prime minister in the Ollanta Humala government (2011-2016).

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In the Fujimori intern, some took these statements as an interest by Valdés to return to the leadership of the PCM.

The head of the PCM is a key position at the beginning of a government, especially when it is one led by a president with little representation.
The head of the PCM is a key position at the beginning of a government, especially when it is one led by a president with little representation.

Question of guarantees

Each of the candidates needs a different “hinge” as prime minister, who can help fill the gaps and reduce the weaknesses they present. “With the appointment of his prime minister, Keiko needs to signal a change. That it does not represent leaderships and that citizens can feel guarantees “, indicated the political scientist José Incio.

On Castillo, he noted: “It needs a hinge that knows how to articulate with the Congress that will be in opposition”.

But for the political scientist Omar Awapara, Castillo could look for someone combative, with a more political than technical profile, if he decides to carry out his radical start-up plan. “If that is not the plan, he would need someone from another party anticipating that his bench of 37 congressmen would be in a vulnerable situation”, He said.

Regarding Fujimori, Awapara warned that he runs a risk if he decides to follow the path of Manuel Merino and appoint a prime minister who is not broad-based. “(Carlos) Neuhaus could serve him, but Keiko’s battle is not with Congress, but with the street, social conflicts. Along these lines, I would need a more political profile, but one that is not type Antero Flores-AráozAwapara pointed out.

Analysts José Incio, Omar Awapara and Gonzalo Banda agree that the prime minister should have an independent profile to grant guarantees to the new government.
Analysts José Incio, Omar Awapara and Gonzalo Banda agree that the prime minister should have an independent profile to grant guarantees to the new government.

According to Awapara, Fujimori would have to find someone from the center or center left to deal with the social upheaval. An independent profile that, as he recalled, Fujimori has had the capacity to convene in the past with former ministers such as Federico Salas.

For his part, political analyst Gonzalo Banda said that both candidates need a “credible prime minister.”

“In Castillo’s case, a prime minister who can decode what is behind his proposals, who acts as an interlocutor and interpreter. In Keiko’s case, with the endorsements he has, it would be a mistake for him to name someone linked to the Fujimori environment “, He said.

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