Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez announced a new cabinet on Friday in a bid to smother a political crisis that pitted him bitterly versus his vice president today after an electoral defeat in legislative primaries.The reshuffle came one day after Vice President Cristina Kirchner wrote Fernandez to demand one, deepening the crisis gripping the ruling union after their poor showing in the weekend primaries.Juan Manzur, governor of Tucuman province, will take over as chief of staff from Santiago Cafiero, one of Kirchner’s most controversial officials, the presidency announced.Cafiero rather ended up being foreign minister, replacing Felipe Sola, who is in Mexico for the top of the Neighborhood of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, which begins on Saturday. Due to the crisis, Fernandez canceled his see to Mexico for the summit and will not participate in the United Nations General
Assembly in New york city next week.The new ministers signing up with the cabinet, who will be sworn in on Monday, are Anibal Fernandez(Security), Julian Dominguez (Livestock, Farming and Fisheries), Juan Perzyck (Education)and Daniel Filmus(Science and Innovation). Juan Ross was also selected as the brand-new Secretary of Interaction and Press, changing Juan Pablo Biondi, whom the vice president had actually openly rejected and implicated of organizing”off-the-record operations.”The government of Fernandez and Kirchner, herself a previous president, has actually been going through its most severe crisis yet today after the weekend’s legislative primary elections, in
which the ruling Frente de Todos coalition won just 31 per cent of the votes at the national level. In this file image taken in March 2020, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez (L) talks, beside Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Image: AFP/ ALEJANDRO PAGNI These results put the ruling party’s majority in the Senate at danger for the parliamentary by-elections on November 14, along with any bulk in the Chamber of Deputies, with two years of the Fernandez-Kirchner mandate still to run.The crisis broke out earlier this week, after Interior Minister Eduardo ‘Wado’ de Pedro and 4 cabinet ministers used to step down after a bad revealing for Frente de Todos in weekend primary elections. The officials were all close to Kirchner and the relocation was seen as her effort to put pressure on Fernandez to reshuffle the cabinet.
“Do you seriously believe that it is not essential, after such a defeat, to openly provide the resignations and that those in charge facilitate the president to restructure his government?” Kirchner wrote to Fernandez in a letter, in which she also criticized those who “hold on to their chairs.”
In the end, De Pedro and the other ministers kept their posts.The center-right coalition Juntos, of ex-president Mauricio Macri, obtained 40 percent of the votes cast across the country on Sunday.It seriously made excellent strides in the province
of Buenos Aires, the country’s largest electoral district and considered a bastion of Fernandez’s party.Fernandez took power from the incumbent Macri in 2019.
Public discontent with his government has actually been growing in a nation in economic crisis given that 2018 and a GDP drop of 9.9 percent last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.Argentina has one of the world’s highest inflation rates, at 29 percent from January to July this year, and a poverty rate of 42 percent. Source