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Weekly Report - 29 April 2021 (WR-21-17)

ECUADOR: Lasso forges social front within cabinet

Ecuador’s president elect, Guillermo Lasso, has named eight cabinet ministers, five of them women, to form the “social front” of his incoming government. The key role of health minister, the sixth since the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Ecuador in February 2020, will be filled by Ximena Garzón. Amid a severe second wave, Garzón will lead the vaccination programme for which Lasso has set ambitious targets, promising to immunise 9m Ecuadoreans within 100 days of taking office on 24 May.

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