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ARGENTINA | 06-09-2023 14:02

Patricia Bullrich presents her team for government as De la Torre returns to fore

Opposition presidential candidate unveils officials who would become key Cabinet ministers; Melconian for economy, Pinedo for foreign affairs, De la Torre for social issues, Quetglas for education.

Opposition Juntos por el Cambio coalition presidential candidate Patricia Bullrich has presented her team for government, should she win next month and take office on December 10.

The event at a Recoleta hotel on Monday, coordinated by Alberto Forhig, was held just three days after Bullrich officially named Carlos Melconian as her choice to head the Economy Ministry, as well as her official spokesman for the upcoming election campaign.

The 67-year-old followed this up by naming various other leading figures to cover other areas, bringing their own ideas on government to the table.

Federico Pinedo, from Bullrich’s PRO party, will be in charge of foreign affairs, Joaquín De la Torre (of Peronist origin) will tackle social issues, Unión Cívica Radical deputy Fabio Quetglas will cover education, ex-Treasury attorney Bernardo Saravia Frías will be Bullrich’s voice on the institutional front, while fellow PRO politician Silvia Lospennato will be the face for gender.

After winning last month’s PASO primaries within Juntos por el Cambio over outgoing Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Bullrich has now begun to regroup the leaders, governors and mayors who backed her internal rival as part of her electoral strategic profile. 

De la Torre returns to the fore after being relegated in his bid to be a Buenos Aires Province gubernatorial hopeful in the primaries, for which he had been a frontrunner, along with Capitán Sarmiento Mayor Javier Iguacel (Bullrich ended up opting for Lanús mayor on leave, Néstor Grindetti). De la Torre, a former Peronist, will now have to tackle such sensitive issues as social plans. 

Another name standing out in the list of "new faces" is Lospennato, a firm supporter of Rodríguez Larreta in last month’s PASO primaries who has been welcomed back into Bullrich’s fold.

Tipped for foreign affairs, Pinedo (who was famously president for a few hours in late 2015) is a historic figure within the Bullrich team.

Quetglas is a Radical deputy representing Buenos Aires Province while Saravia Frías was Treasury prosecutor between 2017 and 2019, replacing Carlos Balbín. Beforehand he had been Legal and Technical secretary at the Economy Ministry when headed by Nicolás Dujovne. 



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