Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa swore in David Ortiz, former vice minister, as transport and public works minister to replace Xavier Cazal on Thursday.
The swearing-in ceremony, attended by many ministers and special guests, was held in the Yellow Hall of Carondelet Palace, the seat of Ecuador's executive power.
Cazal resigned last week for refusing to annul some contracts with companies belonging to the president's brother Fabricio Correa. Although no irregularities were found in the contracts, President Correa thought it would be ethically inappropriate to honor them.
Correa congratulated Ortiz at the ceremony and urged him not to yield "a single step backwards" on the cancellation of the contracts.
Correa also asked Ortiz to continue "the citizens' revolution," because it would transform the nation.
"We have to continue with strength, with more dedication and speed, because the country does not have time to lose," Correa insisted.