Photo: Argentine President Fernandez de Kirchner
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday made important changes in her Cabinet upon resuming her official activities after 40 days of medically-ordered rest following neurosurgery.
Fernandez appointed Chaco Gov. Jorge Capatanich to be her new chief of staff, replacing Juan Manuel Abal Medina, and tapped Axel Kicillof to be the new economy minister, replacing Hernan Lorenzino, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said.
Lorenzino will be nominated to the post of Argentine ambassador to the European Union and will head an executive unit to restructure the debt, this unit to be created within the Economy Ministry.
In addition, Fernandez relieved Norberto Yauhar of his post as agriculture minister, replacing him with Carlos Casamiquela, the current head of the country’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology, or INTA.
Furthermore, the president named Carlos Fabrega, the current president of the Banco de la Nacion Argentina, to be the new head of the Central Bank, replacing Mercedes Marco del Pont.
Juan Ignacio Forlon, the current chief of Nacion Seguros, was appointed to replace Fabrega.
The presidential spokesman in a brief appearance before reporters, said that all the newly appointed officials will be sworn in on Wednesday.
Fernandez resumed her official activities on Monday after taking time off to recover from brain surgery on Oct. 8.
Local media have been speculating for days that the president might make changes in her Cabinet upon returning to work, given that it is the midpoint of her term.