09/17/2021 10:48 AM
Updated 09/17/2021 10:48 AM
Alberto Fernández prepares changes in his Cabinet.
In less than 72 hours, due to the institutional crisis left by his confrontation with Cristina Kirchner, the President had to postpone his intention to wait until November, at the end of the general elections, to make adjustments to his team.
Thus, "between today and tomorrow," as confirmed by official sources, the registrations and losses will be made official.
After 10 this Friday, everything indicates that the head of state will finally give in to the pressure of the vice president and will order the departure of the chief of staff, Santiago Cafiero, his man of extreme confidence, but that the distribution of losses will be balanced: several Kirchner officials who, led by Interior Minister Eduardo "Wado" De Pedro, presented their resignations on Wednesday, will leave the Cabinet.
So will other leaders who did not.
"I am going to order the cabinet and end this discussion," confirmed Fernández this Friday morning, in dialogue with El Uncover. And he anticipated that he has it "quite advanced" in the redesign of his equipment.
Fernández spent a good part of the morning at Quinta de Olivos, meeting with Cafiero, the ministers Gabriel Katopodis (Public Works) and Juan Zabaleta (Social Development), the secretaries Julio Vitobello (Presidency), Juan Pablo Biondi (Communication and Press) and Vilma Ibarra (Legal and Technical) and the chief adviser Juan Manuel Olmos outlining different scenarios to get out of the crisis.
Cristina Kirchner's letter had broken any planned negotiation bridge and forced the president to shuffle and give again.
Before the note emerged, from the presidential environment they admitted for the first time the possibility that Cafiero was leaving.
The impact of the note stopped the departure of the Chief of Staff.
But only for a few hours.
It is that during the first hours of this Friday it began to gain strength again.
"We must save the Government", they admitted close to the President and pointed out that "we must prioritize the interest of all."
Along with Cafiero, De Pedro will leave, the visible face of the advance ordered by Cristina.
But he will not be the last Kirchner figure.
In the distribution of the new Cabinet, other officials who respond to the vice will have to leave their positions and some leaders of the President's trust will gain positions in the new team.
The ambassador in Brazil, Daniel Scioli, and Julián Domínguez, who in recent months approached positions with Cristina and could end up in Productive Development instead of the targeted K Matías Kulfas ring out with intensity.
The reprofiling of the Cabinet would also include the removal of names that did not submit their resignation.
The versions of incorporations include the disembarkation of governors, although the case of the Tucuman Juan Manzur is complex, among the recommendation that Cristina admitted to having made him, despite the public confrontation they have, which turns his eventual appointment into a "request" from the vice ;
and the intern that he has in his province with vice Osvaldo Jaldo.
Sergio Uñac, the man from San Juan who met Fernández this Thursday, is another of the dance leaders.
At the same time, with the need to take refuge in Peronism, there are voices that argue that the President could anoint another mayor in the Cabinet, as he did with Zabaleta recently.
The role that the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, will have in the new stage that is opening is uncertain. After he was active at the beginning of the week trying to mediate between Alberto F. and Cristina, on Thursday he was secluded in Tigre with his family and evaluating the steps to follow. Until Wednesday, those around him said that he was not willing to take on another position. It will be seen.