Porfirio Lobo Sosa is letting Juan Orlando Hernández start making changes in the Honduran government before he is sworn in this coming January, underlining the collaboration that exists between these two Partido Nacional administrations, while highlighting their differences in key changes in the police and military leadership.
On December 17, Lobo Sosa gave his Ministers until the end of the day to hand in their resignations so that Hernandez could install his choices once he made them. The first act was to shuffle the command in the police and military. The new holders of these positions have already been sworn in by Lobo Sosa today, with Hernández speaking at the ceremony.
Juan Carlos "Tigre" Bonilla is out. Ramon Antonio Sabillon Pineda is the new police commander. Sabillon previously was the commander of the special investigations division of the police.
Bonilla is rumored to have had differences with Arturo Corrales, the
Security Minister, who Hernández is considering keeping in that office.
Felix Villanueva Mejia will be the assistant director of the police. The preventative police will be headed by Javier Leopoldo Flores Milla, while Hernández will keep the current director of the transit police, Abencio Atilio Flores Morazán, in that position. The director of the investigative police (Dirección Nacional de Investigación Criminal) will be Jose Leandro Osorio. The special investigative police will be headed by Ruben Martel Garcia,while Hector Ivan Mejia will serve as director of the police academy. Abraham Flores Marcelino will be head of the police special unit, and José Leonel Enamorado will be the police commander of the joint military and police task force.
The high command of the Honduran Armed Forces was also changed significantly.
In the place of the current military commander, Rene Osorio Canales, will be Fredy Santiago Diaz Zelaya. In December Zelaya received his fifth star, along with Julian Pacheco Tinoco, who will remain as commander of the Military Intelligence service. Rigoberto Espinosa Posadas, who was promoted in December, will be second in command of the Honduran Joint Chiefs. Miguel Palacios Romero will be the military Inspector General. Jorge Alberto Fernández López will command the Air Force, and Héctor Orlando Caballero Espinoza will command the Navy.
Lobo Sosa also let Juan Orlando Hernández name and install his head of the Dirección Ejecutivo de Ingresos (DEI), the Honduran equivalent of the IRS.
This important government unit, which failed to meet its quotas all through the Lobo Sosa government, will be Miriam Guzman. She also has taken the reins of her government unit already.