Alfredo Cornejo (61) was sworn in for the second time in his political career as governor of Mendoza (he already did so between 2015 and 2019), with a strong commitment to support President Javier Milei's economic plan to bring about the change that Argentines are demanding.
But while the event was taking place, the radical leader's mind was far from the provincial legislature, more precisely in the semifinal match of the league cup, where his team Godoy Cruz lost on penalties against Platense, in the Buenos Aires city of San Nicolás.
When Cornejo began his message, before the penalty shootout and after Tomba's 1-1 draw in the regulation 90 minutes, he made a request to the archbishop: "Marcelo (Colombo), continue praying for Godoy Cruz," was the message to the bishop of the Catholic Church, who had attended the inauguration. Prayers were not enough: the Squid won 6-5 and left the Mendoza team without their place in the final of the League Cup.
It was only at the end of the match that the ceremony of transfer of command from Rodolfo Suarez to Cornejo followed, in a continuity of 12 years of radical governments until 2027.
Cornejo, who will have a preponderant role in the governability of Milei in the group of 10 allied leaders of Together for Change, swore by "the Homeland and its honor." And he focused his entire speech on the need for change in macroeconomic policies for Mendoza to do well.
The governor of Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo, waves from a balcony.
"Times are coming when the national economy will have a reserved forecast, in the midst of a context of difficulties and profound challenges that will have repercussions on the day-to-day life of people, companies and also on the progress of public administrations. Any serious stabilization program will entail enormous efforts because we live in a country that is technically collapsed," the radical governor argued.
And he asked for support from the opposition: "That is why, as my first act at the head of the provincial executive, I want to make a broad call for good sense, for encounter through dialogue and the creation of consensus, which puts the common good above sectoral interests. We are in time to meet once again in the will to take care of Mendoza by relying on the institutionality that has always characterized us."
He then expressed his clear support for the president who is taking office. "I want to express the best collaborative predisposition of my provincial government, so that the execution of this mandate for change that the new president-elect has received takes place within a framework of governability and multisectoral understanding because, as has been said, if the Nation does well, Mendoza will do even better. It's not a random expression," he said.
He explained that he does not intend to paralyze public works, beyond what Milei has been anticipating with the cut in funds. "We will have 1,023 million dollars that the Nation owed to Mendoza and that today the Province has thanks to the agreements reached during my previous administration. Rest assured, a true water and energy revolution is coming," he remarked.
And he announced that those funds will be used to "create wealth, providing the essential resources to produce food and beverages, which is one of the things we do best and that the world needs."
At 20:30 p.m., at the Government House, the baton of command was transferred and 7 ministers were sworn in, most of them leaders of their political sector and under 40 years of age.
Cornejo took office with the imprint of reducing the political structure and preventing an increase in the number of personnel, with a retirement plan or voluntary retirements and modifications in the staff to, as he said, "make the functions of the State efficient."