Argentina’s Fernandez replaces cabinet after crisis week | Politics News

The president appoints Tucuman’s provincial governor Juan Manzur as prime minister and replaces Santiago Cafiero, who was appointed foreign minister.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has changed his cabinet and is trying to draw a line during a bruising week in which infighting within the ruling Peronist judicialist party threatens to derail the governing coalition.

Since Friday night’s reshuffle, after a tug-of-war between more moderates and other factions within the government, new ministers were appointed to key roles as cabinet chief, foreign minister and agriculture minister.

Center-left Fernandez has been fighting a cabin uprising by ministers allied with the party’s hard-left wing since a heavy defeat in a midterm election on Sunday put the government’s grip on Congress in jeopardy.

The divisive but powerful Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had lost sight of what she said was wrong with the government and sharpened tensions between the moderate faction around President Fernandez 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 and replace Santiago Cafiero as foreign minister.

Julian Dominguez was appointed to lead the agricultural portfolio. Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of processed soybean meal and soybean oil and a major world supplier of maize, wheat, barley and beef.

No changes were mentioned in the Ministry of Economy, led by the moderate economist Martin Guzman, who has been the key to the country’s latest debt restructuring and talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Changes were also made in the ministries of security, education, science and technology, and a new press secretary was named.

The new ministers will be sworn in on Monday at the presidential palace in Casa Rosada, the government said.

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The electoral team had left the party stuck between two paths: deepening populist policies to ease the conditions for hard-hit Argentines or a more moderate approach to attracting middle-class voters gathered behind the conservative opposition.

On Wednesday, several ministers, including the interior minister, left Fernandez.

Center-left Fernandez has been fighting a cabin uprising by ministers allied with the party’s hard-left wing since a heavy defeat in a by-election last Sunday put the government’s grip on Congress in jeopardy. [File: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]

On Thursday night, the president and Fernandez de Kirchner both went on the offensive. In a public letter, she called for a reshuffle of the ministries and struck with a lack of public spending.

“I sincerely trust that the President, with the same strength and conviction as he faced the pandemic, will not only restart his government but also sit down with his finance minister to look at the budget numbers,” she wrote.

The president said on Twitter that he would decide the future of the government.

“The government’s administration will continue to develop in the way I consider appropriate. Because I was chosen, he says

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