The defeat suffered by the Government in Argentina in the legislative primaries last Sunday has resulted in a crisis within the Executive of Alberto Fernández that has emerged this Wednesday with the decision of several ministers to put their resignation at the disposal of the president.
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As confirmed by official sources, the Interior Minister, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, and at least four other ministers, all of them members of the Kirchner wing of the Government, led by the former president and current vice president, Cristina Fernández, have put their resignation under consideration. of the president.
“Listening to his words on Sunday night, where he raised the need to interpret the verdict expressed by the Argentine people, I have considered that the best way to collaborate with this task is by putting my resignation at their disposal,” De Pedro wrote in the letter addressed to Fernández.
Local media have assured that, in addition, other lower-ranking Kirchner officials have also submitted their resignation to Fernández’s consideration.
The head of state has not yet defined whether or not to accept the resignations, a crossroads that could completely redefine a cabinet divided between Kirchnerists and Albertists.
Rumors about a possible cabinet renewal have been circulating for months, but the severe electoral setback suffered by the Government last Sunday has triggered a new wave of versions about alleged pressure from Kirchnerism to make changes in key ministries, especially in the economic area. .
Among those questioned by sectors of Kirchnerism is the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, who this Wednesday led an event with Fernández.
Criticisms point to the actions of greater fiscal discipline adopted in recent months by Guzmán, to the detriment of aid to vulnerable sectors and a middle class that, after the severe recession of 2018-2020, the blow of the pandemic and very high inflation rates , has seen its purchasing power cut back. As critics interpret, these factors have affected the government’s performance at the polls.
One of the central figures of Kirchnerism, the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, had said on Tuesday that the government should now work to rebuild income, especially from the worst hit sectors.
That would imply a fiscal relaxation difficult to manage at a time when Guzmán himself negotiates against the clock an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to refinance debts for 45,000 million dollars (38,000 million euros).
It will be the 2022 Budget project that reveals whether or not Guzmán will choose to go towards fiscal balance, but both the minister and Fernández have anticipated this Wednesday that the budget initiative takes for granted that the country will seal an agreement with the IMF because, of otherwise, it cannot meet the commitment to pay the agency $ 19 billion (€ 16 billion) next year.
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In the midst of the political crisis and the gale of rumors about the decision that Fernández will finally make, the president, in addition to showing himself publicly with Guzmán, has met this Wednesday with his closest ministers.
Aníbal Fernández, a Peronist leader who held key ministerial positions during the Governments of Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and Cristina Fernández (2007-2015), has also been interviewed with the state comptroller in the company Yacimientos Carboniferos Río Turbio, where he shared a cabinet with Alberto Fernández himself.
Aníbal Fernández has shown his support for the president, as has Héctor Daer, one of the holders of the Peronist General Labor Confederation, the largest labor union in the country, while the social movement Evita has called for a march to the Plaza de Mayo under the slogan “Force, Alberto!” and for the unity of the ruling front.
Meanwhile, Sergio Massa, president of the Chamber of Deputies and head of the Peronist Frente Renovador, which is part of the ruling coalition, has met this Wednesday with the members of his political space.
Like Alberto Fernández, Massa was head of the Cabinet of the Government of Cristina Fernández and, as the current president, over time he became a critic of the current vice president’s management, until the three rejoined in 2019 for the presidential elections. of that year that they returned Peronism to the Casa Rosada.