The president appoints the provincial governor of Tucumán, Juan Manzur, as chief of staff, replacing Santiago Cafiero, who was appointed chancellor.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández has reorganized his cabinet, seeking to draw a line under a painful week in which infighting within the ruling Peronist Judicial Party threatened to derail the governing coalition.
Friday night’s shakeup, after a tug of war between the more moderate factions and others within the government, saw new ministers appointed in the key roles of chief of staff, foreign minister and agriculture minister.
Fernández, of the center-left, has been fighting a revolt in the cabinet of ministers allied with the extreme left wing of his party since a heavy defeat in the midterm primary elections last Sunday put the government’s control over the government at risk. Congress.
Divided but powerful Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner lashed out at what she said were mistakes made by the government, sharpening tensions between the moderate faction around President Fernández and the former president’s own supporters.
In a statement late on Friday, the president’s office said regional governor Juan Manzur would take over as chief of staff to replace Santiago Cafiero, who becomes foreign minister.
Julián Domínguez was appointed to lead the agricultural portfolio. Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of processed soybean meal and soybean oil, and a major global supplier of corn, wheat, barley, and beef.
No changes were mentioned in the Ministry of Economy, led by the moderate economist Martín Guzmán, who has been instrumental in the recent restructuring of the country’s debt and in talks with the International Monetary Fund.
Changes were also made in the ministries of security, education, science and technology, as well as the appointment of a new press secretary.
The new ministers will be sworn in on Monday at the Casa Rosada presidential palace, the government said.
The electoral coup had left the party caught between two paths: deepening populist policies to ease conditions for the most affected Argentines, or a more moderate approach to attract middle-class voters who rallied behind the conservative opposition.
On Wednesday, several ministers, including the interior minister, presented their resignations to Fernández.
On Thursday night, both the president and Fernández de Kirchner went on the offensive. In a public letter, he called for a reorganization of the ministries and criticized a deficit in public spending.
“I sincerely trust that with the same strength and conviction that he faced the pandemic, the president will not only relaunch his government, but will also sit down with his economy minister to see the budget figures,” he wrote.
The president said on Twitter that he would be the one who would determine the future of the government.
“The administration of the government will continue to develop in the way it deems appropriate. That’s why I was chosen, ”he said.