Shrinking the state from the current structure of 18 government ministries to only 8 was one of the first proposals of Javier Milei's platform included in the package of cuts called "chainsaw". He has already given a name and surname to four of these portfolios, but key areas such as Economy and Security have yet to be defined.
In addition, although they did not whitewash it, the agreement with the PRO of Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich, promises to include the distribution of positions. That negotiation could mean alterations to the original scheme.
One of the most popular videos of the campaign was that of the libertarian tearing from a pizzarón the names of the sectors that would cease to exist with the cry of "get out!"
Diana Mondino will go to International Relations. Photo: Fernando de la Orden.
In Milei's scheme, his government will be composed only of the ministries of the Interior, Economy, Infrastructure, Justice, Security, Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Human Capital, which would bring together three key sectors: Children and Family, Health, Labor and Education.
As announced during the campaign, the chief of staff would be Nicolás Posse, who now holds the position of "coordinator of technical teams." He is the general manager of the Southern Region of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the holding company of businessman Eduardo Eurnekian.
Guillermo Francos would stay with the Ministry of the Interior. Photo: Juano Tesone.
Economy and Security are two decisive sectors that are difficult to occupy because the main referents on both issues are the members of the presidential ticket themselves.
Milei's obsession is the economy. His campaign was based on promises about inflation and dollarization. How much will you delegate decisions? How much autonomy could a minister in that portfolio have? Each time he was asked, the libertarian replied that he will be "someone more orthodox" than him and that he also "likes the chainsaw."
Initially, there was talk of some of his advisors: former Menem members Carlos Rodríguez, Roque Fernández, Darío Epstein, or the "brain" of the dollarization plan, Emilio Ocampo, who will eventually be appointed president of the Central Bank. But in recent times the names of William Nielsen and especially that of Federico Sturzenegger have also begun to be mentioned.
In September, the former head of the Central Bank had to clarify that he collaborated with Patricia Bullrich for her campaign and about the relationship with Milei he said that it was one of "mutual respect many years ago" and considered that his irruption into politics "moved the axis of the discussion for the good of all."
Nielsen, on the other hand, is neither confirmed nor denied. The fact that he is currently serving as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the current government is also an impediment to that. "They didn't offer it to him, he can't accept it," they slipped close to him some time ago.
Meanwhile, the areas of Security and Defense are under the orbit of the vice-presidential candidate, Victoria Villarruel. But if elected, she will have to preside over the Senate, which means she will have to appoint people from her team to both ministries. There are also no definite names.
The meeting she had with Bullrich arouses suspicions, although those close to the president of the PRO say that she does not want to be a minister. Villarruel's right-hand man is her adviser Guillermo Montenegro, who is part of the Oid Mortales foundation and the Democratic Party that she presides over in the province. In addition, he is a candidate for deputy.
Retired Intelligence Colonel Jorge Vives, who during the Macri regime worked in the Customs Office led by Juan José Gómez Centurión, also sounds.
The fourth ministry that would remain to be awarded is that of Justice. The media lawyer, Mariano Cúneo Libarona – who rose to fame with the Cópola Case in the 90's – was talked about as a possible candidate for that position. But others dismiss it.
Ministries That Already Have an "Owner"
The super-ministry of Human Capital would be headed by Sandra Petovello, a former producer and journalist, psychological consultant and graduate in Family Sciences, who is part of the Milei brothers' inner circle.
Within this portfolio, in the area of Education, the economist of the Ucema, Matías Krause, sounds.Meanwhile, the former head of the Superintendence of Health during the Macri administration, Gustavo Morón, will be his Secretary of Labor.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs would be the economist Diana Mondino, who has already generated controversy with the Malvinas case when she said that "the islanders have the same rights as any Argentine". Regarding the relationship with the Vatican, which the liberal leader Alberto Benegas Lynch proposed to break, Mondino detached himself from the idea.
Meanwhile, Guillermo Francos – who resigned from the Inter-American Development Bank, where he represented the country chosen by Alberto Fernández – is the number sung for the Interior Ministry. He is already in charge of weaving contact with governors and other political leaders. In Milei's own words, it is "the political ambulance." "It's already working. There are already wounded, Guillermo goes and rescues them," he said a few days ago.
For his part, Guillermo Ferraro, who in this second stage of the campaign was in charge of the audit, would be the Minister of Infrastructure. He is a former official of Eduardo Duhalde and Cambiemos en la Ciudad. He headed the consulting firm KPMG until April.
The ministries that would cease to exist are Tourism and Sports, Culture, Transport, Environment, Women, Public Works, Science and Technology, and Transport. Education, Health, Labor and Social Development are reduced to the category of secretariat within Human Capital.