Jorge Macri will take office this Thursday as the new Head of Government. After eight years in office, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta will hand over the attributes of command in a ceremony that will take place at noon at the Usina del Arte. Earlier, at 9 a.m., in front of the Legislature, together with the elected deputy head of government, Clara Muzzio, they will take the oath of office. And in the last few hours he confirmed to the last minister that he was missing in a key area.
The administration that begins will be a continuation of Rodríguez Larreta's in terms of political space. This will be the fifth consecutive term of the PRO in the Capital. At the same time, the new mayor will seek to put his stamp on the administration. And it will face challenges that have to do with maintaining alliances, especially at the legislative level, where Together for Change forms a bloc that also integrates the Civic Coalition, United Republicans, Public Trust, socialism and radicalism.
What happens in the assembly of the national government and with the legislative blocs of Together for Change in Congress, and what happens with the coalition, will not be minor in terms of impact on the City. Although for now, everything seems to indicate that the alliance will continue to function as it has done so far in Buenos Aires territory, including the Legislature.
An indication of the agreement and the continuity of the alliance can be given from what happens in Banco Ciudad. It is speculated that Guillermo Laje, an official who has been at the helm of the entity for 4 years and is from Martín Lousteau's inner circle, will continue.
Regarding the cabinet, last Thursday the 32 deputies of the ruling party voted on the new law of ministries. Peronism abstained, and the libertarians voted against. In the new composition, the ruling party will maintain 30 seats, one less than necessary to have its own quorum, against 9 for the Libertarians, 18 for Peronism and 3 for the left. They will be sworn in on Wednesday, although the 2024 Budget will be voted on Thursday by the current body.
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT Last night at a dinner, I told you that Roberto García Moritán joins our government team as Minister of Economic Development.
Roberto has a recognized career as an entrepreneur, especially in the gastronomic sector. Not only is it a... pic.twitter.com/il2EPNSDcZ
— Jorge Macri 2023 (@jorgemacri) November 24, 2023
The new confirmation of the Buenos Aires administration brings the number of ministries from 9 to 10. As of Tuesday, most of the ministers had been announced. There are no radicals in the new cabinet; most come from the Pro; there are also officials who come from Vicente López. And there will be a minister of the United Republicans, Roberto García Moritán, who will occupy the role that until now had the radical José Luis Giusti, in Economic Development.
In the style of the announcement of those called up for a World Cup, Jorge Macri confirmed his entire cabinet last week with posts on Twitter. In each publication, in addition to announcing the names of those chosen, he developed a brief resume of each one.
And in the last few hours he confirmed to the Minister of Human Development and Habitat, a key area due to the social situation, with growing poverty. Gabriel Mraida, who took office when María Migliore left it due to differences with the elected head of government, will continue as soon as the result of the PASO was known.
With experience in the area, he was president of the City's Housing Institute (IVC). He led the "Safe Neighborhoods" program, as National Director of Crime and Violence Prevention at the Ministry of Security, between 2015 and 2019. And during the pandemic, he was in charge of the crisis committee that managed health and containment policies in the popular neighborhoods of the City of Buenos Aires.
Another minister who will remain in his post will be Fernán Quirós. His tenure at the head of the Ministry of Health was marked by the pandemic. The visibility he achieved from that position led him to be one of the pre-candidates to contest the PASO for the head of government. But he ended up dropping out when it was decided that the Pro would compete with a single candidate. It is now expected that it will be able to carry out the original plans and changes that had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
The future Minister of City Security, Waldo Wolff, with his deputy minister, Diego Kravetz.
Waldo Wolff, who is close to Jorge Macri and part of the current structure of the Buenos Aires government, will manage the Ministry of Security. Diego Kravetz, a former legislator and interim mayor of Lanús, will be his deputy minister.
As for the officials who arrive after having participated in the Macri administration of Vicente López, César Torres, who will be in charge of the Secretariat of Government, stands out. He held a similar position on the other side of General Paz. Ignacio Baistrochi, on the other hand, will be the Minister of Public Space. In Vicente López he was General Director of Public Space, Undersecretary of Coordination, Secretary of Coordination and finally Chief of Staff of the current communal chief, Soledad Martínez.
Gabino Tapia will be Minister of Justice. He is Macri's current chief of staff and has accompanied him for more than ten years in the management of Vicente López and also in the Banco Provincia group. From his portfolio, he will have the challenge of moving forward in the transfer of judicial powers from the national orbit to the City.
Fulvio Pompeo, close to Mauricio Macri, will be in the Secretariat of International Relations, an area he already led from 2007 to 2015; another former official with a past in Macri's presidential administration is Pablo Bereciartua, who was the one who designed the hydraulic works in the City. From 2015 to 2019 he was Secretary of Infrastructure and Water Policy of the Nation. He is a civil, hydraulic and communications engineer and will be in charge of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
It will have within its structure the Ministry of Transportation, which would be in the hands of Darío Antiñolo, who also comes from Vicente López. The area's big campaign announcement will be the Sarmiento train viaduct, a work announced and postponed for decades.
Another who follows the current administration is Gustavo Arengo Piragine, who will be Minister of Treasury and Finance in place of Martín Mura. He is now Undersecretary of the Treasury. Alvaro García Resta also continues to head the Secretariat of Urban Development.The area that deals with another key issue and that Jorge Macri announced that he will review: the Urban Code and the changes that are requested, especially by the residents of low-rise neighborhoods.
The Minister of Culture will be Gabriela Ricardes, current General and Artistic Director of the Buenos Aires Theater Complex, also linked to the management of Hernán Lombardi in the same portfolio, during the administration of Mauricio Macri. And in Education, Mercedes Miguel, who was Secretary of Innovation and Educational Quality of the national ministry under the orbit of Esteban Bullrich, will be appointed.
Néstor Grindetti, Mauricio Macri's former finance minister between 2007 and 2015, had already been confirmed as chief of staff for some time. And his deputy will be Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, linked to the Pro since the beginning and former Minister of Education of the province of Buenos Aires in the administration of María Eugenia Vidal as governor.
Another official who will have continuity will be the current Secretary of Legal and Technical, Leticia Montiel, who has been working in the position with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
The claim before the Court for co-participation, the transfer of powers that are still in the hands of the Nation, and the management of the administration of the Port or the Retiro Bus terminal may be the first steps of the management of the new Head of Government.