The key positions in Nayib Bukele’s cabinet are in the hands of those who were his collaborators in the mayor of San Salvador. Among these, the Rodríguez Fuentes brothers stand out, one of whom was recently appointed as president of the Central Reserve Bank; his sister also holds an important position in managing the finances of the Presidential House
At least 30 municipal officials or employees of the Mayor’s Office of San Salvador during the municipal management of Here’s to watching (2015-2018) are part of his current government. Most hold key positions in their cabinet, such as secretariats, ministries, or head autonomous institutions. Some of them have accompanied him even since he won the municipal seat of Nuevo Cuscatlán, La Libertad department (2012-2015).
The newly appointed president of the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), Douglas Pablo Rodríguez Fuentes, is one of thems, although he had already held other positions in the Ministry of Finance since Bukele assumed the presidency of the Republic. First he was director of internal taxes and then he was appointed vice minister of revenue.
The work history of the new BCR president with Bukele dates from when he was mayor of Nuevo Cuscatlán, as indicated in the official’s resume.
After Bukele seized the government of the capital commune, Rodríguez Fuentes served as head of District VI and General Administrator of Cemeteries, according to the minutes of the council meeting in which he was appointed to those positions, dated October 11, 2017 .
Another position of trust in the Bukele government is held by the sister of the newly appointed president of the BCR: Claudia Juana Rodríguez de Guevara.
She is the institutional financial manager of Casa Presidencial, according to her resume published on the Transparency Portal site.
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Rodríguez de Guevara is a well-known person of Bukele, because during his administration as mayor of Nuevo Cuscatlán he put her in charge of the financial management of that commune.
Later, when he won the capital’s mayoralty, he also took her away to put her in charge of the Municipal Treasury. This is indicated in the resume of the official.
She is one of the three people, officials of the Presidential House, who are certifiers in the institutional checking accounts of the Presidency of the Republic, according to Agreement No. 59, of June 11, 2019, signed by Bukele.
“AGREES: To appoint, Claudia Juana Rodríguez de Guevara, who serves as Institutional Financial Manager of this Presidency”, reads the document. However, according to the official’s resume, her academic studies only reached the fifth cycle of Business Administration at a private university.
On September 25, El Diario de Hoy requested an interview directly with Rodríguez de Guevara, however, until the afternoon of this Saturday, October 3, no response had been obtained. The request was sent through the email that appears in the official’s resume, published on the Transparency Portal site.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Douglas Pablo Rodríguez Fuentes has been criticized for not complying with the provisions of art. 25 of the Organic Law of the Central Reserve Bank, which requires that the persons appointed to such position must demonstrate at least 10 years of experience in economic and financial matters.
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Advisers in the mayor’s office, ministers and secretaries in the Presidency
The majority of advisers that Bukele had in the capital commune while he served as mayor, now has them occupying ministries, secretariats and autonomous presidencies.
The president of the Autonomous Port Executive Commission, Federico Anliker López is an example. Conan Tonathiu Castro, Ernesto Castro Aldana, José Ernesto Sanabria, Alejandro Zelaya, Sofía Medina Pérez and Rogelio Eduardo Rivas Polanco, were some of the trusted municipal officials of Bukele, the mayor. They themselves are for Bukele, the President of the Republic.
But in addition to the officials already mentioned, the people in charge of managing the finances, purchases and budget of the Presidency of the Republic, were also with Bukele in the commune of San Salvador or Nuevo Cuscatlán.
In addition to Claudia Juana Rodríguez de Guevara, the financial manager, Jaime David Batres Amaya, Lisset Hernández de Orellana, Carlos Ernesto Palacios Castro, María del Carmen López de Cerna have in common that they worked with Bukele in the mayor’s office of San Salvador.
Now Batres Amaya is the budget manager of the financial management; Hernández de Orellana is the head of accounting for that same department; Palacios Castro is the director of the Directorate of Institutional Procurement and Contracting (DACI); while López de Cerna is the head of the Treasury of the financial management of the Presidency of the Republic.
The resumes of some of these officials, available on the Transparency Portal site, indicate that some do not have or have not completed their university studies. The case of who occupies the position of financial manager is one of those.
The current financial manager of CAPRES has also been linked to Obermet, SA de CV, a company in the family of President Bukele.
According to a journalistic note published by the morning newspaper La Prensa Gráfica, on November 1, 2016, Obermet received 13 contracts from the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation (CORSATUR), between 2009 and 2016, which together totaled 32.4 million dollars. .
On the Obermet board of directors, registered in November 2011, the current CAPRES financial manager appears as the managing director and owner of that advertising company.
The 30 officials
Ernesto Castro Aldana
He was Bukele’s private secretary in the mayoralties of Nuevo Cuscatlán and San Salvador.
Mario Edgardo Duran
Minister of the Interior.
Councilor and director of municipal development in the management of Bukele in San Salvador.
Director of the State Intelligence Agency.
CAM director in the management of Bukele as capital mayor.
Jose Ernesto Sanabria
Press Secretary of the Presidency.
He was an office advisor in the management of Bukele in the capital commune.
Federico Gerardo Anliker
President of CEPA.
He was an advisor to Nayib Bukele in his management in the mayor of San Salvador.
Rogelio Eduardo Rivas Polanco
Minister of Security.
From 2015 to 2018 he was an advisor to Bukele in the commune of San Salvador.
Martha Carolina Recinos
She was an advisor to Bukele when he was mayor of Nuevo Cuscatlán.
Michelle Sol de Castro
Minister of Housing.
He was a councilor for Nuevo Cuscatlán in the management of Bukele in that commune.
Minister of Culture.
She served as secretary of culture in the Bukele period in the mayor’s office of San Salvador.
Fernando Andrés López
Minister of the Environment
He was the manager of the Cadastre of Nayib Bukele in the mayor of San Salvador.
Jorge Miguel Kattan
Secretary of Commerce and Investments.
He was the Administration Manager of Bukele in the capital city hall.
Director of Reconstruction of Social Tissue.
He held the same position in the capital commune in the management of Bukele.
Sofia Veronica Medina
Secretary of Communications.
He was manager of social communication in the building management of Bukele in San Salvador.
Álvaro Ernesto Obyrne:
Director of FOVIAL.
He served as urban development manager during Bukele’s tenure as mayor of San Salvador.
Jaime David Batres Amaya:
Head of the Budget of the financial management of CAPRES.
He held the same position in the mayor’s office of San Salvador.
Daniel Alejandro Álvarez Campos
President of CEL.
He was general manager and planning manager in the Nuevo Cuscatlán mayor’s office.
Jose Alejandro Zelaya Villalobo
Minister of Finance.
He was an advisor to the mayor of San Salvador in the Bukele building period.
Juana Claudia Rodriguez
Institutional Financial Manager.
In the Mayor’s Office of San Salvador and Nuevo Cuscatlán she served as municipal treasurer.
Douglas Pablo Rodriguez
President of the Central Reserve Bank.
With Bukele in San Salvador he was manager of cemeteries and head of District VI.
Jose Alberto Acosta Maldonado
Undersecretary of Commerce and Investments.
With Bukele as mayor of San Salvador he was financial technical manager.
Carlos Palacios Castro
Head of the Institutional Procurement and Contracting Directorate.
In Bukele’s administration in San Salvador, he was head of the UACI.
Mayra Lourdes Argueta
Cooperation Manager at MARN.
With Bukele in San Salvador, he was assistant manager of cadastral procedures.
Julio Enrique Rosales
CEPA Legal Manager.
In the mayor’s office of San Salvador, with Bukele as mayor, he was deputy legal manager.
Rodas Aníbal Hernández
Deputy Executive Director of FOVIAL.
With Bukele as mayor of San Salvador, he was deputy manager of urban services.
Jonathan Fabrizio Mena
Undersecretary of Innovation.
In the capital commune he was head of the Department of technical support and telecommunications.
Sandra Lisset HernÁndez
Head of accounting of the Financial Management of CAPRES.
In the mayor’s office of San Salvador he held the same position.
Maria del Carmen López de Cerna
Head of Treasury of CAPRES financial management.
In the mayor of San Salvador she was in charge of the circulating fund.
Francisco Garay Solorzano
Director of inclusive infrastructure of the MOP.
He was executive director of the Municipal Institute of Youth, of San Salvador.
Vladimir Roberto Reliable Monterrosa
Secretary of Innovation.
In the mayor’s office of San Salvador he was manager of information technology.