Weeks after losing power in President Mauricio Macri's restructuring of the Cabinet and reduction in the number of national ministries, Labour Secretary Jorge Triaca has presented his resignation. He will remain in his post, however, for now, at least until the beginning of December.
The national official, who led the Macri administration's oftentimes testy negotiations with the country's unions, confirmed the news today. His resignation will be publicly confirmed tomorrow at a press conference at midday tomorrow, also attended by Production and Labour Minister Dante Sica, who will extend his influence in government thanks to Triaca's departure.
Triaca was part of President Macri's first Cabinet. However, his Labour Ministry was absorbed into the Production and Labour Ministry in September this year, and Triaca lost out as minister to newcomer Sica.
It is anticipated that the outgoing official will confirm he intends to stay in the post until after the two-day G20 Leaders Summit in the capital ends.
he timing of his resignation, as well as the continuation in their current roles of key officials in his office, were negotiated with Sica, Perfil.com reported. It remains to be seen if the Labour Secretariat will be completely dissolved.
Triaca's next move is as yet unknown. He was previously linked with an ambassadorial post representing Argentina at the Vatican, although he reportedly rejected the role for family reasons.
The decision to leave the governemnt comes after several weeks of rumours and reports of tension in local media outlets – last week, Perfil journalist Ezequiel Spillman said Sica was planning to move Triaca on from his ministry and was actively seeking a replacement.
As the scandal refused to drop out of the media cycle, the government came out to defend the minister. Two days after the news first broke, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña publicly stood by Triaca, saying the messages were not “something that should cost him his job” and praising his performance as Labour minister so far.
However, soon after, Triaca found himself repeatedly on the nation’s frontpages, with the minister facing alleged nepotism claims over number of his relatives employed in state positions.