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Who is in the Luis Abinader’s Cabinet?

President-elect Luis Abinader has tweeted the first names of his 2020-2024 cabinet. These are:

Minister of the Presidency: Lisandro Macarrulla
Lisandro Macarrulla is the choice of President-elect Luis Abinader for the position of Minister of the Presidency. The position is the prime minister of the government. Macarrulla comes from the business side. He is a former two-time president of the National Council of Business (Conep), and one-time president of the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic and the Construction Materiales Association. He will replace Gustavo Montalvo who has been in the position for the two terms of President Danilo Medina. Macarrulla is the coordinator of the Abinader transition team.

Minister of Foreign Relations: Roberto Alvarez Gil
Lawyer and international relations specialist Roberto Alvarez Gil is entrusted with the responsibility of revamping the foreign policy and foreign service of the Dominican Republic. He has an extensive background in international relations and business. He was behind the very successful operation of the Café Atlantico and Café Pacifico restaurants-bars in Santo Domingo and Washington, D.C.

Roberto Alvarez served in the Dominican Republic’s foreign service from 1970 to 1996. From 2005-2008, he was the permanent representative of the Dominican Republic to the Organization of American States (OAS) with the rank of ambassador. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Relations from December 2008 to August 2010, with the honorary ambassador’s rank at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

From 1970 to 1978, he worked at the American States Organization, including its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

He worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). He was the coordinator of the First Forum on Private Investment in the Americas, held in Washington, DC in 1991. He has been a consultant to the Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) of the United Nations, 1987-1988; and for the Ford Foundation, on issues regarding the development of business, the strengthening of judicial systems and the rule of law, and the promotion and protection of human rights, 1978-1979. He has also served as a delegate on Amnesty International missions to Nicaragua (1980-1981) and Sri Lanka (1981).

Throughout the years, Alvarez has been a professor, as well as a guest lecturer, on human rights, international law and US foreign policy at several universities and academic centers, including the Foreign Service School of the Ministry of Foreign Relations in the Dominican Republic; the American University and the Foreign Service Institute of the US State Department, both in Washington, DC; the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo; the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua; Rutgers University Law School in Camden, New Jersey; Florida International University (FIU), Miami, and the City University of New York (CUNY).

Since 2012, Alvarez has served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC. He was general coordinator for Participación Ciudadana, the Dominican non-partisan civic organization, for 2013-2014.

He is a graduate in law from the Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD) in 1968. He has a masters in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC (1982). At the same university, he had completed all course work toward a PhD in US foreign policy. He also has a masters in comparative law from Georgetown University, Washington, DC (1976).

He speaks English and Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and French. He is a sports aficionado, holding second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

He has been active in the political campaigns of Abinader towards the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Minister of Education: Roberto Furcal
This is the ministry with the largest budget in the country. Furcal is named after having been the 2020 campaign coordinator for President-elect Luis Abinader. Fulcar is a former public school teacher at the Escuela Normal Urania Montas in San Juan de la Maguana. He graduated with a doctorate in education with a mention in social sciences from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. During the Hipolito Mejia administration (2002-2004), he served as undersecretary (deputy minister) of Education. After that he served on two occasions as vice president of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). A faction of the PRD would leave to form the today PRM that has won its first presidency, with President-elect Luis Abinader.

Ethics and corruption: Milagros Ortiz Bosch
Former Vice President Milagros Ortiz has been named to head the efforts for transparency, ethics and prevention of corruption in the Abinader administration. “She will work to transform the governmental Ethics Agency into an efficient government body,” tweeted Abinader when making the announcement.

Ortiz Bosch is 83 years old, but few would doubt she has the vitality and knowledge to carry out the job she has been entrusted with by President-elect Luis Abinader. At her age, the lawyer has maintained a radio talk show program and is very active in the party she has helped form, especially giving guidance and back to the new generations.

She was the first Dominican woman to be Vice President of the country, during 2000–2004 under former President Hipólito Mejía. As Vice President, she made a reputation for herself as a woman who acts by the law, contrary to her then flexible boss. She was known to send several party members to justice. As Education Minister (2000-2004) under Hipólito Mejía she was known for the transparency of her administration. She is a lawyer, business manager and Dominican politician. She was senator of the Distrito Nacional twice (1994–1998 and 1998–2000).

In the general election in 2016 she served as campaign manager for the winning candidacy of David Collado for mayor of the National District.

Spokesperson for the Presidency: Milagros Germán
TV show-woman Milagros Germán has been appointed spokesperson for the Abinader administration. She is best known as a TV show producer and host (Chevere Nights). In 2019, she was part of the jury of the most successful Dominicana’s Got Talent reality show. She has won the trust of President-elect Luis Abinader to be his government spokesperson, replacing Roberto Rodríguez Marchena who has held the position for the two terms of the Medina administration.

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13 July 2020