The Government today appointed Jorge Taiana and Juan Horacio Zabaleta as Ministers of Defense and Social Development, respectively, who tomorrow will take the oath before President Alberto Fernández.

This was announced this afternoon by the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, in the conference room of the Casa Rosada.

Tomorrow, both officials will take the oath before the President, in a ceremony at 18:00 at Government House.

Cafiero thanked “all the dedication and effort” of the outgoing ministers, Agustín Rossi and Daniel Arroyo, whom he described as “excellent Cabinet and work colleagues, at a time during the administration that exhausted many.”

“The management of the pandemic made the will of those of us accompanying the President a priority when facing a very difficult time for our entire country,” said Cafiero.

Also, the Chief of Staff highlighted “the dedication, commitment and daily militancy that they have always had to sustain what the President had entrusted as a priority” and listed “the defense of the health system, the interests of Argentines and life”.

“This is what the President has entrusted to us and these two officials have been very militant,” stressed the Chief of Ministers, who congratulated the arrival of Zabaleta and Taiana in the Cabinet.

Taiana, 71, is a national senator for the province of Buenos Aires, a seat that he held to replace Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when she became vice president of the nation.

Taiana will use the license of that bank, which will now fall into the hands of the first substitute, the former national deputy Juliana Di Tullio.

Meanwhile, Zabaleta, 54, will take leave as mayor of the Buenos Aires party of Hurlingham, where he has a mandate until December 10, 2023.

In this way, he will be able to replace Arroyo, who has resigned as the holder of that portfolio due to his condition as a candidate for national deputy for the province of Buenos Aires.

Similarly, with the same objective of dedicating himself to the electoral campaign, Rossi leaves Defense and embarks to contest his candidacy for national senator in the PASO of Santa Fe.

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