Argentina fears 'remote of ministers' after government defeat in primary elections

International press projects that at least four portfolio representatives will hand over in the next few days; one of them resigned this wednesday

EFE / Esteban CollazoExit of ministers would have been coordinated by supporters of Cristina Kirchner

Three days after the government of Alberto Fernandez suffer a massive defeat in the legislative electoral primaries of the Argentina, the nation’s interior minister, Eduardo de Pedro, has submitted his resignation and at least three others are also expected to leave office in the coming days. The mass exit was allegedly organized by allies of Vice President Cristina Kirchner, who were dissatisfied with Fernández’s relations with Economy Minister Martín Guzmán and wanted to see him out of government. The minister’s departure was confirmed by the EFE Agency. In a letter addressed to the head of state, he explained the decision. “Listening to his words on Sunday night, when he raised the need to interpret the verdict expressed by the Argentine people, I considered that the best way to collaborate with this task is to put my resignation at your disposal,” he said.

According to the Argentine press, in addition to Eduardo de Pedro, other ministers linked to Cristina Kirchner should also resign from office: Martín Soria, from Justice; Roberto Salvaezza, from Science and Technology, and Jorge Ferraresi, from Housing. If the results of last Sunday’s 12th primaries are repeated in the November 14 elections, when 50% of the Chamber of Deputies and 1/3 of the Senate will be changed, the government will lose a majority in both houses. In only six of the country’s 24 districts did the pre-candidates of the Frente de Todos win. The capital, Buenos Aires, a traditional stronghold of Cristina Kirchner’s supporters, was one of the places that defeated the government. So far, Casa Rosada has not taken a position on the possible departures of minister from office.

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