Cabinet of Peru

Cabinet of Peru

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The Cabinet of Peru (also called the Presidential Cabinet of Peru or the Council of Ministers) is made up of all the Ministers of State. This council is presided by the President of the Council of Ministers, a position likened to that of a prime minister. That position is directly appointed by the President of the Republic. The Prime Minister presides over the meetings of the Council (otherwise known as the Cabinet), unless the President of the Republic is present whereupon he presides.



The Cabinet has, under the Constitution, the following main duties:

  1. Approve laws that the President submits to Congress
  2. Approve legislative decrees and also urgent decrees that President of the Republic dictates, as well as laws, decrees, and resolutions arranged by law
  3. To deliberate on subjects of public interest.

For the Cabinet to reach any agreement, the approving vote of the majority of its members is required.


Ministers of State are in charge of managing politics and the activities of various sectors that direct and manage public services. The requirements to be a Minister of State are to be Peruvian by birth, a citizen, and be at least 25 years of age.

The Ministers of State are appointed discretionally by the President of the Republic, in coordination with the Prime Minister. While individual cabinet members do not require to be confirmed by Congress, when a new Prime Minister is chosen, the entire cabinet is subjected to a Congressional "vote of confidence". Likewise, if the Prime Minister resigns his office, all members of the cabinet are constitutionally forced to resign.

In special situations, a Minister of State in charge of one sector can temporarily assume the role and responsibilities held by another Minister in case of illness, travel, or other absence of the latter. All actions by the President must be approved by the Minister of State in charge of the correspondent sector to be valid under Peruvian law.

Current Cabinet

Cabinet of Peru
Position Name
President of the Republic Ollanta Humala
First Vice President Marisol Espinoza
Second Vice President Omar Chehade
Prime Minister Salomon Lerner
Minister of Foreign Relations Rafael Roncagliolo
Minister of Defense Daniel Mora
Minister of Agriculture Miguel Caillaux
Minister of Labor and Promotion of Employment Rudecindo Vega
Minister of Women and Social Development Aída García-Naranjo
Minister of Economy and Finance Miguel Castilla
Minister of Transportation and Communications Carlos Paredes Rodríguez
Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation René Cornejo
Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism José Luis Silva Martinot
Minister of Production Kurt Burneo
Minister of Health Alberto Tejada Noriega
Minister of Energy and Mines Carlos Herrera Descalzi
Minister of Education Patricia Salas
Minister of the Interior Oscar Valdés
Minister of Justice Francisco Eguiguren
Minister of Environment Ricardo Giesecke
Minister of Culture Susana Baca
Minister of Development and Social Inclusion Kurt Burneo

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