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The operations of Máximo Kirchner and a cabinet that is 12 years behind


The vice president's son sought to cool the fight, while Santiago Cafiero and Wado de Pedro secretly negotiated in an office in San Telmo.

Nicolas Wiñazki

09/18/2021 10:40 PM

  • Clarí

  • Politics

Updated 09/18/2021 10:40 PM

There is a story that is known.

Not another.

The crisis unleashed in the Frente de Todos, first due to the electoral defeat in the primary elections last Sunday, but above all due to the conflict unleashed between Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández to accelerate changes in the National Cabinet,


the week of power national politician as well as to remove from the media scene the "triumph" of the opposition over the ruling party.

The resignation at the disposal of the President presented by the ministers related to the vice


the Head of State. More than others, the Casa Rosada was astonished that the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo De Pedro, was the first to make public this action, repeated later by other colleagues in the civil service.

The resistance of the Head of State to this pressure K generated that the vice will

redouble its energy put into this discussion


On Wednesday of this week, she released a letter where she gave details and hit even more in her search to specify replacements of ministers that, according to her, damaged government management, and even more compromised the ruling party on the way to the November general elections.

The armistice, the truce, the final negotiation

, concluded with new members of the National Government.

Although it seems a paradox, many of them are "new" ministers but at the same time they are also


occupants of public entities in Kirchnerist administrations of the past.

The new Chief of Cabinet, Juan Manzur;

like the now Minister of Security, Aníbal Fernández;

the same as the current head of Defense, Jorge Taiana;

or the brand new manager of Livestock and Fishing, Julián Domínguez;

or even the candidate for official deputy in Buenos Aires, Daniel Gollan,

will work together again in the same Cabinet as they already did, although in different positions

and with Gollán as a health technician but with a hierarchical position, in the management chaired by Cristina Fernández during 2009 onwards.

In other words, it could be said that the new Cabinet would

delay twelve years



The formation of this team took hours of nerve wars, media operations, politics, but also dialogue and negotiation between the parties in "combat".

Fernández (Cristina)


for several weeks that the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, of whom he has a very bad opinion, should leave their posts;

and also another key official, the Minister of Economy, Martin Guzmán, among other members of the President's team who would have preferred to see them replaced.

Although the confrontation between these two sectors of the government coalition began on the same Sunday as the primaries, and escalated throughout the week, the definition and the "new" government were



on last Friday.

The interlocutors of the President and his vice began as two central protagonists of this story.

Cafiero and De Pedro

were the first

to meet face to face to begin to agree on an agreement that was looming complex.

History unknown to public opinion.

Both met face to face in a non-public office, with an unknown address, although it was confirmed as located in the San Telmo neighborhood.

The Frente de Todos needed a site without press or political harassment to achieve success, if the conclusion of this scenario can be described with that adjective.

Cafiero had to resign, the vice insisted.

De Pedro had made public that his resignation was at the disposal of the President.

Except for the two heads of the Frente de Todos, the President and the vice, and allies of total weight in the coalition, such as the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, and very few ministers, they

knew where Cafiero and De Pedro sat one in front of the other to begin to agree on the governmental future.

They both knew each other's strengths and weaknesses.

-Here we are.

We have to fix this-, was the beginning of the


, words more, words less, words to break the ice.

"Here I bring our conditions

," the talk continued, it is indistinct who of the two took that initial step.

-Me too


Friday would be a long and decisive day.

The San Telmo offices ended up functioning as the central headquarters for the comings and goings of Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández interlocutors.

They defined everything, and at the end, with

a brief telephone dialogue

, leaders of the ruling party trusted.

The entire plot reconstructed in this note was checked based on sources from each "group" that lobbied for power.

Alberto and Cristina decided that Cafiero and De Pedro were the best officials to take the first step.

Boys grow up.

The meeting between the two was later joined by

other allies of the Frente de Todos, such as Massa

, who worked in media silence to avoid a break in the governing coalition.

Or, strictly speaking, to consolidate a unit with a new distribution of positions in a redesigned Cabinet.

Over the hours,

they joined meetings almost simultaneously

, dialogues phone crossed, meeting at the Casa Rosada and the Senate, several representatives who spoke on behalf of or Fernández against chosen for mailing or "ambassador ”By the other Fernández.

The great negotiator, who spoke with the vice and with the President, in addition to the San Telmo negotiators,

was the son of Fernández (Cristina), Máximo Kirchner, head of the block of deputies K.

Kirchner operated, in the classic sense of the word in political jargon, so that the conflict over the new Cabinet

did not escalate even further.

His mother is also his political boss.

She decides,

Kirchner used the offices of the Deputies and the Senate

to transmit information and agreements between the vice and the Head of State.

Máximo, for example, was in charge of calling the mayors of the Buenos Aires PJ

to ask them to issue tweets that cannot be read

as resounding support for either his mother or the President.

And he was the one who also worked so that his mother spoke with the Minister of Economy, Guzmán, with the aim of conveying to him that she was not asking him to resign.

Although in the letter about these vicissitudes that he released last Wednesday he



that he expected economic policy to be modified.

She is concerned about the very possible defeat of the ruling party in the general elections in November.

And found responsible for the failure in the STEP:

the President


He disputed that analysis.

Although in her public letter the vice says that she always knew that the Frente de Todos would lose the election of the PASO if all the votes of the pre-candidates of the ruling party at the national level were added, the truth is that the same Sunday of the election, and days Before, he spread among his trusted people that according to his polls the ruling party could

win by a point of difference, or two, or three.

That is why he

was shown dancing

when he voted in Río Gallegos, with a vote in hand.


uneasiness was total

last day.

This is how she was seen on the stage where she did not speak, where only the Head of State gave a speech.

She, head down, bad mood.



on the Government was beginning.

What is the logic of the pressure and wear generated by the vice over the Government if she is part of the Frente de Todos?

On Thursday at noon, in the Senate, he


the results of the elections together with his son, the governor of Buenos Aires, Axel Kiciloff;

and its Minister of Social Development, Andrés “El Cuervo” Larroque.

“A good part of our hard core did not vote for us.

They did not even go out to vote


We have to go out and find it or convince them to do it.

That is why the management must have more of 'ours' imprint, more Kirchnerism ”, was the conclusion they reached.

Although the vice wanted out of the Government officials like Cafiero;

the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas;

the Minister of Labor, Claudio Moroni;

or to whom she denied that she would ask her resignation, the Minister of Economy, Guzmán, whom she considers in total privacy as an


because according to her is an "IMF delegate", finally all these officials are still in the Cabinet .

The problem of the vertigo negotiations in San Telmo, which were also joined by the Minister of Public Works, Gabriel Katopodis;

and of those that also participated in several in front of the head of Social Development, Juan Zabaleta, was that not only had to remember who was still in the Government and who was not, but also that it

was necessary to find replacements for the new positions.

All these tasks, on the part of the Government, were led by Cafiero.

"What there

is is what was achieved,

" an adviser to the President was sincere regarding the new but old Cabinet.

Perhaps the end of the negotiation occurred when Fernández's chief adviser (Alberto) stated in the secret offices of San Telmo that the Government

did not have to dispose of the officials who worked the most and were fired.

He was speaking for Cafiero.

But it was the argument that was used to guarantee that the head of the Interior, De Pedro, would remain in his post.

The President

was very hurt by the

resignation of his spokesman and friend, Juan Pablo Biondi, accused by the vice of operating against him in the media.

The Fernándezes closed a deal after dark.

Source: clarin

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