Télam / Analía Garelli

The decree banning immediate relatives of Cabinet members from being appointed in official positions in the Executive branch came in effect today. The decision was announced by President Mauricio Macri on Monday and became a topic of heavy discussion on a national level.

However, it looks like the rule establishes two exceptions that would allow those who meet the requirements to stay – should there be any – or others to be appointed in the future:

  1. Being appointed through a Concurso Público: A concurso público is an official selection process that the government holds for certain positions, which consists of a series of exams aimed at determining which candidate is best suited for them. Anyone can sign up for a concurso, providing that they fit the requirements for the position, should there be any. (For example, it’s a requirement to those applying for a judge position to be lawyers.)
  2. Having seniority on their posts: This means that relatives of Cabinet members who have held a job for a specific amount of years will be allowed to keep it (it hasn’t been specified, however, how many years must pass for them to obtain seniority status.) It also specifies that if they left their posts to hold a “political office” job (one that’s obtained via appointment), they will be able to go back to their old jobs in the government.

Relatives of Cabinet members serving in the government who don’t fit these two exceptions will have to leave their posts before February 28.

According to Modernization Minister Andrés Ibarra, there are almost 40 family members of several ministers who worked in the public sector before the measure was announced on Monday. Five of them didn’t wait for it to be official and have left their posts in the past two days.

This includes the two sisters of Labor Minister Jorge Triaca, one of Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña’s brothers, the son of Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, and Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio’s father.