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Infographic: The possible key ministers in a Fernández administration

10th October 2019

By The Essential Staff

Infographic: The possible key ministers in a Fernández administration

Although the Frente de Todos presidential candidate has insisted on not publicly anticipating who would take part in his cabinet, journalists close to Alberto Fernández’s camp have been increasingly confident about some of the names that would occupy key positions if his victory in the August primaries is repeated on October 27.

</p> <img class="wp-image-4428 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cabinet-300x257.jpg" alt="The main candidates for the top positions in Alberto Fernández's cabinet" width="592" height="507" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cabinet-300x257.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cabinet-768x659.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cabinet-1024x878.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cabinet-600x515.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 592px) 100vw, 592px" /> <p><strong>Santiago Cafiero</strong>, the grandson of historic Peronist leader Antonio Cafiero, who led the post-dictatorship &#8220;renewal&#8221; of the party, is everyone&#8217;s favorite for the cabinet chief position. Cafiero has led Alberto Fernández&#8217;s <em>Grupo Callao</em> think tank and has been his right hand throughout the presidential campaign.</p> <p>The <a href="https://gettheessential.com/economy/2019/05/23/infographic-alberto-fernandezs-economic-advisers">Economy Ministry</a> still seems up for grabs, with <strong>Matías Kulfas</strong> perhaps the leading candidate but many others still mentioned. <a href="https://gettheessential.com/economy/2019/10/03/is-an-uruguay-style-no-haircut-debt-restructuring-feasible">Kulfas&#8217; public appearances</a> have been closely followed by analysts and investors over the last few weeks, but Fernández has suggested this is one of the few positions where he still holds some doubts in his mind, despite having &#8220;70 percent&#8221; of his cabinet already decided. Other candidates include Kulfas&#8217; colleague in the <em>Grupo Callao</em>, <strong>Cecilia Todesca.</strong></p> <p>The more orthodox <strong>Guillermo Nielsen</strong> was also mentioned at some point, but his differences with former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and with Buenos Aires province&#8217;s gubernatorial favorite Axel Kicillof mean that he is now more likely to take a position as a Finance Secretary (in charge of renegotiating the country&#8217;s debt) or at the helm of energy policy, leading the development of the shale oil and gas Vaca Muerta reserves.</p> <p><a href="https://elcohetealaluna.com/el-plan-f/">According to journalist Horacio Verbitsky</a>, who is close to the Frente de Todos camp, long-time Peronist <strong>Felipe Solá</strong> will be the next Foreign Minister. The former Buenos Aires province governor, who parted ways with Kirchnerism around 2008 and was part of Sergio Massa&#8217;s Renewal Front, but was also one of the earliest proponents of Peronist re-unification since 2016, joined Fernández in his tour through Europe alongside Cafiero. Massa and other Peronists like <strong>Juan Manzur</strong> have been more prominent in their tours through the US, and others have also mentioned career diplomat Jorge Argüello as a candidate for the post.</p> <p>The most high-profile Cristina Kirchner ally within the favorites for key positions is arguably <strong>Eduardo &#8220;Wado&#8221; de Pedro</strong>, one of the leading thinkers and negotiators of the La Cámpora Kirchnerite youth group despite his low public profile. As Interior Minister, he would be in charge of negotiations with governors, a key support point for a Fernández administration, although de Pedro has also been mentioned as a possibility in other areas such as the Ministry of Justice.</p> <p><em>(image credit: Demian Bio)</em></p> <p>

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