LIMA – Peruvian Prime Minister Jose Antonio Chang resigned his Cabinet position four months before the end of President Alan Garcia’s term in office in order to resume his academic career, the head of state said Saturday.
Garcia said categorically that “there is no Cabinet crisis” and explained that Chang was planning to return to his work as president of San Martin de Porres University, one of the country’s biggest, after becoming premier last September.
The president added that Chang did an “extraordinary and historic job” as education minister, a position he also occupied since 2006, for which he was decorated Saturday afternoon with the Order of the Sun during the swearing-in ceremony of his replacement at Government Palace.
Garcia said that Chang’s work as head of the Education Ministry marked “a before and after” in that position, since he promoted a system of hiring teachers that “has only the right to request that they be qualified.”
Chang will stand for reelection as university rector in April, Garcia told reporters during a working trip to the northern part of the country.
The Peruvian president confirmed that the current justice minister, Rosario Fernandez, will replace Chang as prime minister and will retain her current ministry post, while the deputy education minister, Victor Raul Diaz, will be the new education minister.