Monday, October 4, 2010

Cesar Duarte Inaugurated Governor of Chihuahua

Cesar Duarte took the oath of office today as governor of the state of Chihuahua, succeeding Jose Reyes Baeza, also a Priista. He was elected in statewide elections on July 4. Among the things he promised in his inaugural speech were to "be the best friend of business;" to build 1200 miles of highways in the state; to set aside $8 million (US) to assist children orphaned by the violence; to increase punishment to life imprisonment for kidnappers, extortionists, and multiple assassins; to send a jobs program to the state legislature to increase employment; and to recover public spaces now lost because of the threat of organized crime. The governor of the state of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, attended the ceremonies, along with 14 other state governors, as did the President of the PRI of Mexico, Beatrice Paredes, several former governors, and other dignitaries.

Among the persons named to the new state cabinet are:
Attorney General: Carlos Manuel Salas, former PGR subdelegate in Juarez
State Police Chief: Gen (R) Julian David Rivera Breton, former police chief, Juarez
Secretary of Education: Jorge Quintana Silveyra, president, Autonomous University, Juarez
Secretary of Social Development: Fernando Uriarte Zazueta will stay on; he lives in El Paso
Secretary of the Economy: Alberto Chretin Castillo, up to now living in El Paso
Secretary of Government: Graciela Ortiz Gonzalez, federal congresswoman
Secretary of the Treasury: Christian Rodellagas Hinojosa, currently finance secretary
Secretary of Rural Development: Octavio Legarreta Guerrero
Secretary of Labor: Fidel Perez Romero
Secretary of Health: Dr. Sergio Pina Marshall
Secretary of Urban Development and Ecology: Rafael Servando Portillo, Duarte campaign manager
Secretary of Communications and Public Works: Javier Garfio Pacheco
Comptroller's Office: Jose Luis Garcia Mayagoitia

Other appointments are pending

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