Daniel Hugo Barragán Coloma, profile and resume of the new Minister of Defense

Hugo Barragán was sworn in as the new Minister of Defense

Daniel Hugo Barragan Coloma was sworn in tonight at the Government Palace as the new head of the Ministry of Defense (Mindef)replacing the military officer Richard Tineo Quispe, who had taken office on August 24, just a month ago, and this Friday he was appointed the new Minister of Transport and Communications (MTC).

The brand new head of Mindef is a retired official from the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), degree in Aerospace Management Sciences and staff officer of this institution, with extensive experience in the management and development of human resources.

He was also a coordinating adviser to a parliamentary caucus in the Congress of the Republic and macro-regional coordinator of Social Programs of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (Midis)between 2020 and 2022. He has also been director of the National Association of Entrepreneurs- ANDE and has worked in operations and logistics services in the private sector.

He has also completed postgraduate studies in the Center for Advanced National Studies (CAEN), in the Special Course of Development and National Defense. In addition, she took the Administration and Organization Course at the ESAN University.

It should be noted that Daniel Barragan Coloma He was a candidate for the second vice-presidency of the Republic for the Union for Peru (UPP), which was led by former congressman José Vega, in the 2021 general elections. In addition, the new head of the Mindef is an aerospace administrator by the Officer School of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP).

President Pedro Castillo swore in Hugo Barragán as Defense Minister.
President Pedro Castillo swore in Hugo Barragán as Defense Minister.

At the defense front, Barragan Coloma will have among its main challenges to continue the offensive against the last remnant of the terrorist group luminous pathrefugee in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (Vraem).

It should be remembered that last August, between 10 and 15 members of luminous path were killed during a military operation, in which the leader of the organization, Victor Quispe Palomino, alias “Comrade José”managed to escape.

The swearing-in ceremony of the new Minister of Defense was held in the Cáceres Hall of the Government Palace, with the presence of the President of the Council of Ministers, Aníbal Torres Vásquez.

It should be remembered that the Ministry of Defencein the management of the retired Rear Admiral of the Peruvian Navy, José Luis Gavidia, registered an impasse with the ex-commandos of Chavín de Huántar and the Special Intelligence Group of Peru (GEIN) of the National Police, because they were not invited to the Great Parade and Military Civic Parade, which was held on July 29 at the Army Headquarters as part of the National Holidays of Peru.

This action provoked the criticism and rejection of several members of the Congress of the Republic, among them, the parliamentarian of Renovación Popular, José Cueto.

The swearing in this Friday is the third renewal that peter castle in his ministerial team in less than 2 months, since last August 5 and 24 he made changes in 6 and 3 portfolios, respectively, including the Economy and Foreign Affairs.

Since last February, Prime Minister Aníbal Torres has headed the fourth cabinet appointed by Castillo since he assumed the presidency in July of last year. In that period, of just over a year, the president made around 70 changes of ministers, several questioned by the political opposition, which in Congress censured five of them.


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