BUENOSAIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s incoming cabinet has already been chosen and will be revealed on Friday, President-elect Alberto Fernandez said in a social media post on Tuesday, as the country and markets watch closely for the make-up of the Peronist’s core leadership team.
After weeks of speculation about key cabinet picks, especially for the vital economy role, the incoming centre-left leader gave little detail away but downplayed the influence of his vice president-elect, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
“The cabinet is defined. Everything is already chosen and we are all working. We present it on Friday at 6 pm (2100 GMT),” according to a post on his official Twitter media account. This followed comments made on a local radio station.
He added that Fernandez de Kirchner, a formidable former president who clashed with creditors and the farm sector during her two-term administration, had given advice on the cabinet selection but denied she had installed her own people.
“Cristina influenced the make-up of the cabinet in the way a person whose opinion I value would but did not fill the cabinet with her own names. We are a united front. What I am looking for is that everyone is represented,” he said.
Fernandez, who will come into office on Dec. 10 after winning an October election against incumbent Mauricio Macri, faces a string of challenges including reviving stalled growth and renegotiating a painful debt pile with global creditors.
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)