Argentina reduces number of ministries to 9 instead of 18

Argentina reduces number of ministries to 9 instead of 18
# 11 December 2023 12:27 (UTC +04:00)

Argentina’s new president Javier Milei took his incoming cabinet’s oaths on Sunday afternoon at the Casa Rosada. Unlike the previous government, there were only nine new ministers instead of 18 and for the first time, the ceremony took place behind closed doors — no press, no livestream., APA reports citing Buenos Aires Herald.

Earlier on Sunday the new administration revealed its first “Decree of Necessity and Urgency” (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia, or DNU) — a type of presidential decree which allows them to legislate without going through Congress first. The 76-page document confirmed that the Milei government is halving the number of ministries from the previous government, leaving only nine. The drastic reduction was a staple proposal of his electoral platform known as the “Chainsaw Plan.”

Following the substantial reduction, these are Milei’s nine ministers plus his new chief of staff (a role typically also sworn in alongside ministers on December 10): Chief of Staff Nicolás Posse, Economy Minister Luis Caputo, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, Defense Minister Luis Petri, Interior Minister Guillermo Francos, Health Minister Mario Russo, Justice Minister Mariano Cúneo Libarona, Human Capital Minister Sandra Petovello, Infrastructure Minister Guillermo Ferraro, Foreign Minister Diana Mondino.

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