Argentine President-elect says cabinet ‘already chosen’

FILE PHOTO: Argentina’s President-elect Alberto Fernandez speaks during a news conference after a meeting with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez at the Presidential House in Montevideo, Uruguay November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mariana Greif/File Photo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s incoming cabinet has already been chosen and will be revealed on Friday, President-elect Alberto Fernandez said in a social media post on Tuesday, as the country and markets watch closely for the make-up of the Peronist’s core leadership team.

After weeks of speculation about key cabinet picks, especially for the vital economy role, the incoming center-left leader gave little detail away but downplayed the influence of his vice president-elect, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

“The cabinet is defined. Everything is already chosen and we are all working. We present it on Friday at 6 pm (2100 GMT),” according to a post on his official Twitter media account. This followed comments made on a local radio station.

He added that Fernandez de Kirchner, a formidable former president who clashed with creditors and the farm sector during her two-term administration, had given advice on the cabinet selection but denied she had installed her own people.

“Cristina influenced the make-up of the cabinet in the way a person whose opinion I value would but did not fill the cabinet with her own names. We are a united front. What I am looking for is that everyone is represented,” he said.

Fernandez, who will come into office on Dec. 10 after winning an October election against incumbent Mauricio Macri, faces a string of challenges including reviving stalled growth and renegotiating a painful debt pile with global creditors.

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