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Alberto Fernández will appoint Tolosa Paz as the new Minister of Social Development

The national deputy Victoria Tolosa Paz.  She will be the new Minister of Social Development
The national deputy Victoria Tolosa Paz. She will be the new Minister of Social Development

The national deputy Victoria Tolosa Paz will replace Juan Zabaleta in the Ministry of Social Development. The position was offered to him by President Alberto Fernández during a meeting in the fifth of Olivos.

resignation Zabaleta had opened a new gap between the social movements aligned with the Head of State and those that are also pro-government but are aligned with Kirchnerism, who were pressing for other names to occupy that position, such as that of Mariano Cascallares.

The former mayor of Almirante Brown was part of the Buenos Aires leadership that last August 22 joined the public support for the former president after the request for a 12-year prison sentence by the prosecutors investigating the Public Works case.

In the previous one, and as he put it to know InfobaeFernández raised the name of the national deputy to several social leaders with whom he usually talks, and they gave him their support. From the Evita Movement, referenced in officials Aemilius Persian Y Fernando “Chino” Navarroconfirmed that Tolosa Paz was the one chosen by the president.

In 2019, the president had appointed her as head of the National Council for Social Policies, the decentralized entity that works in the orbit of the Presidency, created in 2002 to organize the economic and food aid that flowed from the unforeseen government of Duhalde to alleviate social chaos, and that works in parallel to the Ministry of Social Development although historically managed by the shift minister. Movement that earned him the attribution of “minister in the shadows”, in parallel to the management of the then minister Daniel Arroyo.

Her husband, Enrique “Pepe” Albistur, is one of the best friends of Alberto Fernandez since the presidency of Néstor Kirchner, when one was Secretary of Media and the other, Chief of Staff.

Once this box has been resolved within the ministerial scheme, it now remains to resolve the appointments of the replacements for Elizabeth Gomez Alcorta (Women, Diversity and Gender) and Claudius Moroni (Worked).

In the first case, the names that appear as possible are those of the Spokesperson, Gabriela Cerruti, the former senator from Mendoza, Marita Perceval, and the lieutenant governor of La Rioja, Florencia López.

Alberto Fernández, Juan Zabaleta and his future replacement, Victoria Tolosa Paz
Alberto Fernández, Juan Zabaleta and his future replacement, Victoria Tolosa Paz

The riskiest move would be to remove Cerruti from his position, since it would force him to generate a change in the official communication of the Government and decide if the role that the former deputy occupies today continues to exist or, if not, what proper name could be made charge of that responsibility. Until last night, the former legislator from Mendoza appeared as the option with the most consensus.

Meanwhile, in Labor, the name with the most weight that appears as a possibility is that of Carlos Tomada, one of the ministers who remained in his position during the governments of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Kirchner together with Julio De Vido. Close to the Vice President and with credentials in historical Kirchnerism, he appears to be a difficult option for the ultra K wing to attack.

But the obstacle appears in the union ranks. The CGT is not entirely in agreement with his arrival and they delay the definition by the President. The heavyweights of the workers’ union bring other names closer to put pressure on Fernández and play their chips before the final decision.

Other options are Domingo Peppo, current ambassador to Paraguay and former president of Chaco, in good harmony with the PJ governors, and Marcelo Bellotti, Secretary of Labor, who would generate continuity in the portfolio where wage conflicts float from joint negotiations.

The new head of Labor will step on a minefield where the CGT exposes its internal conflicts. From the beginning of the administration, the “fat” and the “independent” supported Moroni in office and highlighted his role in the negotiations with the business sector. On the other hand, the K wing, where Pablo Moyano (Truckers) and Sergio Palazzo (La Bancaria) stand out, was never satisfied with the performance of the now former minister.

Last week, the leader of the Truckers union asked for a 134% salary increase and broke all the parity ceilings that existed. That request was, at the same time, a way of highlighting the serious inflation problem that the government cannot control. Moyano represents the toughest wing of the workers’ union, which is fractured in the facts but not in the photos.

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