Jorge Macri finalizes details of his Cabinet: Fernán Quirós will continue in Health and Fulvio Pompeo lands in a key secretariat
Jorge Macri has already defined a good part of his Cabinet to take office on December 7 as Head of the City Government. As Infobae reported, Néstor Grindetti will be the Buenos Aires Chief of Staff and will be supported by Gabriel Sánchez Zinny. These are two leaders linked to Mauricio Macri, which is an indication of the former President’s influence on the formation of the teams. The outgoing mayor of Lanús and the former Minister of Education are currently working on shaping the areas of the Buenos Aires administration. Meanwhile, the new mayor is finalizing details for the places that still remain vacant.
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Among the latest news, it appears that Fernán Quirós will continue to lead the Ministry of Health, a position he has held since 2019. The doctor, who was director of the prestigious Italian Hospital, gained public recognition beyond the health system during the pandemic, for his work at the forefront of health management in the City. This year he launched himself as a candidate for Head of Government of Buenos Aires, with the support of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. That strained the relationship with Jorge Macri, who was promoted by the former President.
Fernán Quirós will continue to lead the City’s Ministry of Health
However, the doctor withdrew his candidacy before the PASO, the PRO was unified behind the nomination of Jorge Macri, and continued with his management in Health. After the elections, Quirós and Macri were in contact and the conversations were aimed at ratifying continuity. Today it is a fact. There remains a conversation scheduled for next week, to refine details, and formalize the announcement of the appointment.
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Another confirmation is that Mercedes Miguel will be Soledad Acuña’s replacement in the Women’s Ministry. She is a leader specialized in educational policy who comes to the area with the help of Sánchez Zinny and with the endorsement of Macri. Previously, she was Secretary of Innovation and Educational Quality of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology under Esteban Bullrich. Currently she holds the role of General Director of Educational Planning and Innovation and is a member of the UNESCO 2030 Steering Committee. So far, she is the first confirmed female minister of Jorge Macri’s Cabinet.
While Fulvio Pompeo, a prominent diplomat and leading internationalist of Mauricio Macri, will land in the General Secretariat, which depends directly on the Head of Government and has International Relations under its orbit, among other responsibilities. It is a transversal area, with power and multiple prerogatives. He is an internationalist and political scientist with a postgraduate degree in London and has a long professional career.
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Pompeo was an advisor to Carlos Ruckauf in the Ministry of the Interior, worked in the Foreign Ministry on two occasions, served as undersecretary of International and Institutional Relations of the City between 2011 and 2015, was elected national deputy that year, although a month later To assume he was appointed as Secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Nation in the Macri Presidency. Between 2020 and 2021 he worked at the OAS, as a special envoy to a mission in Guatemala.
Fulvio Pompeo will be the head of the General Secretariat of Jorge Macri’s Cabinet in the City
In this way, Jorge Macri shapes a Cabinet with big names, which ensure political volume and technical expertise. It should be remembered that as Infobae anticipated, Waldo Wolff will be Minister of Security and will be supported by Diego Kravetz. Gabino Tapia will be in charge of the new Ministry of Justice and Government; César “Tuta” Torres will be in charge of the Secretariat of Government and Citizen Link; Guillermo Romero, who was an advisor to the Municipality of Vicente López, will be head of the strategic General Secretariat; Leticia Estévez will continue as Legal and Technical Secretary; Valentín Díaz Gilligan, who was De Andreis’ deputy during the Macri Government, will be the City’s Minister of Tourism.
Another confirmed appointment is that of Roberto García Moritán as Minister of Economic Development. The liberal leader comes to office after a political agreement with Mauricio and Jorge Macri, after deposing his candidacy for Head of Government. The leader will leave his seat in the Buenos Aires Legislature and will be replaced by Yamil Santoro, shipowner and political brain of the space led by the United Republicans leader. He is a lawyer and leader who has been weaving a liberal alliance in Buenos Aires politics for 15 years. Currently, Santoro serves as director of the City’s Strategic Planning Council.
The Ministry of Culture, meanwhile, will be in charge of a trusted leader of Hernán Lombardi. While another possibility is that Maximiliano Guerra, elected national deputy for the City on Patricia Bullrich’s list, remains in charge of the Teatro Color. If that happens, the Larretista deputy Álvaro González would enter the Chamber of Deputies to replace the dancer’s eventual departure. Regarding the City’s Communication Secretariat, Gustavo Gago, Jorge Macri’s historic press chief, will be the head of the area, which will unify what are today the Media Secretariat and the Communication Secretariat. In relation to the Sports Secretariat, the decision that was made is to separate it from the orbit of the Ministry of Productive Development and have it be headed by Fabián Turnes, former center of the Argentine rugby team and current Sports Director of Vicente López; Victoria Morales Gorleri, in turn, a PRO national deputy who is very close to Pope Francis, will be Secretary of Welfare and the Elderly.
Néstor Grindetti, Waldo Wolff, Gabriel Sánchez Zinny and Diego Kravetz join the Government of Jorge Macri
A doubt that still persists is who will be responsible for the City’s Ministry of Finance. The continuity of the current minister, Martín Mura, has not yet been ruled out. If it doesn’t happen, there are two names in the fray. Gustavo Arengo Piragine, current Undersecretary of the Treasury, and José Doti, leader linked to Grindetti and General Director of Statistics and Censuses of the City.
This week the new Ministry Law took parliamentary status, which restructures the scheme of collaborating officials of the Executive Branch. The Buenos Aires Government will have 11 ministries and five secretariats. In addition to undersecretaries and directorates that will emerge from each area. Jorge Macri aims, in this way, at a reduction in the management structure, with the idea of making the administration and the Buenos Aires budget more efficient.