Without radicals in the Cabinet, Jorge Macri defines the last places of his Government and prepares to take office on Thursday
Jorge Macri already has eight of his 11 ministers designated to form his team of officials who will accompany him as Head of Government for the next four years. The three areas on which final details of the negotiation are being accelerated are Finance, Infrastructure and Human Development. Next Thursday he will have his inauguration ceremony at the City Legislature and that same day he will present his entire staff at an event at the Usina del Arte, in the south of the City of Buenos Aires. In 12 days he will take over the administration after two terms from Mauricio Macri and two from Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
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To consolidate the 16 years of PRO governments in the City, Jorge Macri defined a Cabinet with a majority of leaders linked to Macrism, of his trust and/or that of the former President, without the presence of the Radical Civic Union within the Government, although with the idea of sustaining political agreements that allow it to sustain governability.
Macri explored the possibility of a pact with La Libertad Avanza in the City, along with the negotiations that his cousin is carrying out at the national level with Javier Milei. The presidential triumph of the libertarian dismantled the party system and forced the elected Head of Government to adapt the political articulations in the same direction. In any case, no formal alliance with the libertarians in Buenos Aires prospered.
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The new scheme of officials shows that Jorge Macri intends to concentrate power in the Government: Rodríguez Larreta had divided his cabinet with radicalism and other spaces, forming a kind of government coalition that had a correlation in the Legislature. The former President’s cousin, on the other hand, formed a team of advisors from different PRO backgrounds. What it does do is build bridges to generate a legislative coalition – which will not imply co-government -: The yellow party has only 12 legislators and requires the support of radicalism, Public Confidence, the Civic Coalition and the liberalism of Together for Change to govern. The fruit of this agreement is that Matías López, a legislator who answers to Diego Santilli, will be the 1st vice president of the Legislature.
Jorge Macri with Néstor Grindetti and Gabriel Sánchez Zinny
These topics are the ones that revolved around yesterday in the conversation he had with Martín Lousteau, leader of Evolución Radical and his opponent in the Buenos Aires PASO of JxC, Emiliano Yacobitti, national deputies and owner of that faction of radicalism, and Daniel Angelici, strong man of the Buenos Aires UCR. Until then, the link with the national senator was broken. The radicals had spaces of power in the Buenos Aires Government that they will not keep. Through Angelici – who has a friendship with both Jorge and Mauricio Macri – the elected Head of Government let Loustau know that his decision was not to take them into account for the Cabinet.
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However, due to the lack of consensus in the Legislature, Macri relented and sought to reach an agreement with the UCR. “Tano” maintained an organic position and tried to generate a rapprochement with Lousteau to try to reach a common point. At yesterday’s meeting, as Infobae learned, Jorge Macri agreed to give radicalism the leadership of a series of decentralized organizations in the City. Among them, Autopistas Urbanas Sociedad Anónima (AUSA), ObsBa and, possibly, the continuity of Guillermo Laje as head of the Presidency of Banco Ciudad.
In addition, the PRO and the UCR agreed on a political balance in the appointment of the members representing the legislative body who will go to the Council of the Judiciary and the City Audit. In the body that administers the Judiciary, the representatives will be Luis Duacastella (Peronism), Lorena Clienti (UCR) and Manuel Izura (PRO). While the audit will have two members for the PJ -including the Presidency-, two for the UCR and two for the PRO. The auditors of radicalism, as this media learned, will be Patricia Cáceres (close to Angelici) and José Luis Giusti (linked to Lousteau).
Daniel Angelici, the bridge between Buenos Aires radicalism and Jorge Macri
Regarding the Cabinet, Néstor Grindetti will be the Buenos Aires Chief of Staff and will be supported by Gabriel Sánchez Zinny, 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; Fernán Quirós will continue to lead the Ministry of Health; Mercedes Miguel will be Soledad Acuña’s replacement in the Ministry of Education. Another confirmed appointment is that of Roberto García Moritán as Minister of Economic Development.
In turn, Guillermo Romero, who was an advisor to the Municipality of Vicente López, will be head of the strategic General Secretariat; Leticia Montiel 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.
This week, Macri also confirmed Ignacio Baistrocchi as head of the Ministry of Public Space and Urban Hygiene, and this week he will announce Gabriela Ricardes as Minister of Culture. Regarding the City Communication Secretariat, Gustavo Gago, Jorge Macri’s historic press chief; while the Sports Secretariat will be occupied by Fabián Turnes, former center of the Argentine rugby team and current Sports Director of Vicente López. In turn, Victoria Morales Gorleri, a PRO national deputy who is very close to Pope Francis, will be Secretary of Welfare and the Elderly.
Jorge Macri with his minister and his Secretary of Security, Walton Wolff and Diego Kravetz
Among the three ministries for which there is still no confirmation as to who will be responsible, one of the most relevant is the Ministry of Finance. The continuity of the current minister, Martín Mura, has not yet been ruled out. In any case, the official has stated that his intention is to close a cycle after eight years of management. If he does not continue, Gustavo Arengo Piragine, current Undersecretary of the Treasury, appears as the possible replacement.
Regarding Human Development, Macri evaluates the continuity of Gabriel Mraida, a leader linked to evangelism and who succeeded María Migliore in the area. Although there were conversations with Pilar Molina, it is not ruled out that Mraida will hold the position. The other unknown is the new Ministry of Infrastructure and the person nominated for that place is the architect Daniel Chain, who was Minister of Urban Development of the City between 2007 and 2015 and Undersecretary of Public Works of the Nation during the Macri presidency.
Looking ahead to the transfer of command, Rodríguez Larreta is going through his last days as Head of Government and analyzing his political future. On Thursday, the Buenos Aires mayor will hold an event to review his management, where he will present to the press the milestones of his eight years at the head of the City administration.