Ciro Galvez, leader of the National United Renaissance party (RUNA), was appointed Minister of Cultures by the president Pedro Castillo. He ran for president in 2001, 2006, and recently in the Elections 2021; all the times without success.
In the past, the 71-year-old Quechua-speaking lawyer also ran unsuccessfully for the Huancavelica Regional Government and the Junín Provincial Mayor’s Office, so he has no prior political experience in public election positions.
When asked about the questions to Guido Bellido, leader of the ministerial cabinet, Ciro Galvez He said he was unaware of the criticism of his appointment as Prime Minister. “I had no knowledge. I will see, I will analyze and soon I will give my conclusions, I had no knowledge. Things were being done very quickly and it was not possible … ”, he managed to say when he left his swearing-in.
Between politics and art
Ciro Galvez Since 1985 he has owned a notary’s office that bears his name, in Huancayo. He was born in the district of Salcabamba, province of Tayacaja, in the department of Huancavelica. But he has been living in Huancayo for more than 40 years. He has been a farmer during his teens, and a dishwasher in a restaurant in the early 1970s, when he came to Lima to study.
“It is generally thought that a person of Andean origin, Quechua, from a community is not trained, but that is not the case, we Quechua are also capable. We native Peruvians also have brains, we have intelligence. and why can’t we enter politics to claim our legitimate rights ”, declared Gálvez in the middle of the 2021 Elections campaign, when he was running for president for the RUNA party.
What could have tipped the scales for Ciro Galvez become the brand new minister of cultures? Well, he has stood out for his contributions to culture as a poet, writer and singer-songwriter. Some of his compositions have been written and sung in Quechua. He has also published several books on law and even a collection of poems.
During the campaign Elections 2021, Ciro Gálvez assured that he would surprise when passing the electoral fence. He did not do so, but it was certainly surprising after being appointed to the post of Minister of Cultures by the president. Pedro Castillo.