Olivos changed the weekend to the center of attention from the first line of government. Literally. This Sunday, the meetings to define changes in the government and fiscal measures (and to report internally) to further reduce the deficit. As you could confirm Hornone of the first conclaves was one to five radical referees, with six representatives from the government and Macrismo in the Congress of the other. As the afternoon wore on, Nicolás Dujovne was at the head of the Treasury, despite the versions that had questioned him the last few hours.
In turn, a sixth radical, the adviser Ernesto Sanz was called to the Fifth and offered him the Ministry of Defense, which is held today by his colleague Oscar Aguad. On 15 Clarín could confirm that the radical was already in the Fifth. For the time being, security, with Patricia Bullrich in charge, would remain separate. For the same time, two key figures from Cambiemos in Olivos were also seen: the governor María Eugenia Vidal and the head of the government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
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Before accepting the government, Sanz was announced as Minister of Justice of Cambiemos. But then he brought personal problems and rejected every complaint. He even returned to his province, Mendoza, to dedicate himself to private matters. However, relationship with President Mauricio Macri never broke up again and again to the Government plan. His name, more than once, was proposed for chief of staff, by those who asked for a more political profile for the position than that of Peña. On the other hand, who always rejected his figure, both private and public, was Elisa Carrió.
Before the arrival of Sanz there was a first table with radicals. They were the head of the party and the governor of Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo; the presidents of Jujuy and Corrientes, Gerardo Morales and Gustavo Valdés, and the parliamentary heads Mario Negri and Luis Naidenoff. Its counterpart: the head of the cabinet, Marcos Peña; Minister Rogelio Frigerio and his secretary Sebastián García de Luca; the head of the deputies, Emilio Monzó; the general secretary of the Presidency, Fernando de Andreis; and the Secretary of Institutional Strengthening and reference of the Civic Coalition, Fernando Sánchez.
"The talking is opencertainly changes in the cabinet and economic measures will be discussed, "he assured Horn one of the officers who has been in Olivos since the beginning. Around 3.20 pm a part of that group of radicals – also with the parliamentary boss Angel Rozas – and Sanz would have attended a direct meeting with Macri.
Day full of versions
Five official sources that were consulted this Sunday since the morning repeated almost the same sentence: "Nothing is closed". The strongest version of the day is still the return of Alfonso Prat-Gay, the former Minister of Finance and Finance who was offered as chancellor, to replace Jorge Faurie. The possibility of concretion of the return varies almost from minute to minute. Before 13 he was "very advanced". After 13.30 he mutated into an "eye that Alfonso can not accept". Around 14.30 the version returned "almost certainly, just talking to the president." In the environment of the economist insist that it is "a process", now without confirmation.
For those who do "at the point of cooking", according to the official words of an official, are the vice-leaders of the cabinet Mario Quintana and Gustavo Lopetegui. As he said Horn, his luck seems to have been poured since this Saturday. The question is whether, like the former Francisco Cabrera Production Secretary, they are looking for a refuge in the state structure, for example, or whether they have to return to a private activity. Anyway, his movement is a strong blow for Peña, who she had as slaves. The return of Prat-Gay – perhaps his first declared enemy when Cambiemos took over the helm at the Casa Rosada – would be a new blow for the head of the cabinet.
In case there was a need for suspense, about 14 Elisa Carrió appeared on Twitter again to bank the vice-chiefs. The leader of the coalition has a very well-oiled relationship with Quintana and has been able to get along well with Peña for months. On Saturday Carrió had already complained about the & # 39; opportunists & # 39 ;. President Mauricio Macri is in constant contact with her to prevent an internal crisis. How will the new tweet fall? Will it stop any change? If the vices leave, how will Carrió react?
In order to replace the role of the auditors of Quintana and Lopetegui (the ministries were dispersed), an old knowledge of Macri would go aboard, Andrés Ibarra, who would thus play a new role. His ministry, Modernization, is on the list of those who will be demoted.
"There are probably seven or eight ministries left," said another source early on. Horn"If you include Quintana, Lopetegui and Lombardi (you could downgrade the federal system of media and public content), the reduction would be 13 ministers." This newspaper had anticipated that approximately 10 portfolios would be eliminated. They would become secretaries and be confiscated by the surviving ministries.
Another name that flew in the weekend is that Carlos Melconian. Like Prat-Gay, an economist who left the government because he did not fit into the Peña plan. In his case he held the presidency of Banco Nación. Now it sounded like a super-minister. Would that mean the departure of Nicolás Dujovne from the Treasury, just now that he is about to travel to renegotiate the agreement with the IMF? Was Peña such a banker, who continues to support the president? "Nothing is closed"repeated a cabinet. "I do not know anything," they said at Dujovne.
After 17:30, officers who attended the summit conferences in Olivos confirmed to this newspaper that the Treasury would remain under the leadership of Dujovne. For that hour, the Melconian option was out of the race for the moment.
A high source of officialism had ensured that Melconian did it at least a few orders to take the reins of the economy: first he asked for the exit of Quintana and Lopetegui (in exchange he agreed to live with Peña); but then he had demanded the transfer of Luis Caputo from the Central Bank to place a man of his. It sounded too much. Caputo considers itself the most valuable person in the economic team within the government (or at least considered until the last hours and then the dollar).
Dujovne -which has offered Macri's resignation at least a few times, as a gesture to decompress- Continue to Olivos in the afternoon to continue polishing the ads. Because this newspaper was already aware, in addition to the cutbacks due to the reduction of ministries and some other extra pruning, the government would try to improve revenues to reduce the 1.3% deficit originally committed to the IMF. . There is a decrease to almost 0%. One of the measures would be the return of retentions, although widespread and not just centered in the field. Other officials who approached Olivos on Sunday are the Minister of Modernization, Andrés Ibarra (one of the portfolios that would be downgraded), and the secretary of Public Communication Jorge Grecco.
In addition to all these movements, and a version that allowed for announcements of changes for this Sunday afternoon, the government insists that "tomorrow" is made, by this Monday. They would do it before the opening of the markets. They will try to give a signal to calm the dollar. Again.