Leandro Zdero was sworn in this Saturday as governor of Chaco before the provincial Legislature and asked for "patience to face what is coming", since the process of change "will not be short, nor simple; neither easy nor pleasurable." The radical, who comes to power after 16 years of Peronist predominance, anticipated an "austere" mandate and said he will carry out an audit of Jorge Capitanich's administration.
Accompanied by Silvana Schneider, the lieutenant-governor-elect, Zdero received the baton and was greeted by members of the Legislative Branch from all parliamentary blocs. Then, it was the turn of his inaugural management speech.
"We are not populists. We are not going to demagogue. Those who believe that everything will be easy do so because they underestimate the difficulties of these times," he said.
When making a diagnosis of the province, he considered that "the situation is not optimal" and that when he takes office he receives "a province that is very poorly managed and with the highest poverty rate in the country," so he promised to carry out "audits on what the real situation of the province is" to "inform the people of Chaco about what the state of the State is."
Regarding social protest, he warned that "no one believes that they have superior authority over the rest of society. We're going to listen to everybody, but no one is more important because it makes more noise. The rules have changed as of today. We will not accept extortion in public or in private."
To the applause of the audience, Zdero pointed out that "the intermediaries of poverty have no place in our scheme," in what appeared to be a dart aimed at the former governor and his alliance with the piquetero Emerenciano Sena, involved along with his family in the resounding murder of Cecilia Strzyzowski.
Today we did the transfer of attributes 💪 pic.twitter.com/yPaBwfcO6u
— Leandro Zdero (@LeandroZdero) December 9, 2023
We will be an austere government without wasting on minor issues, in a context where there is no money at the national and provincial level," the governor said, echoing Javier Milei's words about the lack of official funds.
The ceremony in the city of Resistencia was attended by members of the Legislative and Judicial Branches, mayors, security forces and the religious community.
The civic day then continued with the transfer of command at the Government House, led by the outgoing governor Jorge Capitanich.
The new governor will participate tomorrow in the presidential inauguration of Javier Milei in the city of Buenos Aires, as confirmed by official sources.
After 16 years of Peronist governments at the head of the Executive Branch of Chaco, the Governorship returns to the hands of the Radicals in alliance with Juntos por el Cambio with the leadership of Zdero, who defeated Capitanich in a runoff with 46.18% of the votes, followed by the outgoing governor with 41.65%.
Jorge Capitanich's assessment
Capitanich chose to take stock of his administration with a very long thread of tweets in which he summarized the achievements of his administration at the head of the governorship.
The province of Chaco, on the eve of celebrating 40 years of uninterrupted democratic stability, is preparing for a handover ceremony with absolute institutional normality.
— Jorge Capitanich (@jmcapitanich) December 9, 2023
Minutes after handing over the reins to Zdero, the outgoing governor told Diario Chaco that he will retire from public service to devote himself to "professional activity without public exposure."
"During our three constitutional governments, Chaco grew at a cumulative annual rate of 5%. Had it not been for the severe drought of this past year, average annual growth would have been close to 5.7%. It is the period of greatest growth in the history of the province," said the former chief of staff during Cristina Kirchner's second presidency in one of his tweets.
He also emphasized that "the province of Chaco today is solvent patrimonially and fiscally sustainable," and stressed that it received "an administration with 72,630 agents and we handed over the administration with 68,065. In other words, an administration with 4,565 fewer agents."