The federal government’s decree banning minister’s immediate family members from being employed in the executive branch was met with mixed reactions from other administrations.
While Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Governor of the Buenos Aires Province María Eugenia Vidal – Macri’s strongest allies – announced their intention of echoing the measure on their respective jurisdictions, others were not so fond of it, and most have chosen not to say anything, at least just yet.
Representatives of the Catamarca and Córdoba provincial administrations anticipated they will not implement the initiative. Catamarca Governor Lucía Corpacci said she “doesn’t share [Macri’s] austerity measures” and argued that the decree is “discriminatory.”
“People have to be chosen because of their skill and not their last name. And just in the same way that people have to be chosen based on those parameters, they can’t be excluded because of their last name,” she said.
Córdoba Province’s Minister of Government (a sort of Cabinet Chief) Juan Carlos Massei was the man in charge of announcing that the administration will not ban relatives of cabinet members from working for the government. Talking to press, he said Córdoba’s Executive Branch hires people due to their “skill and efficiency,” rather than their blood ties.
Representatives of the City of Córdoba’s government echoed these thoughts, arguing that the number of family members who hold office in its Executive is “extremely low,” since they are only “eight or ten people” who are “excellent officials and have worked alongside [City Mayor] Ramón [Mestre] for six years, always proving their skills.”
Regardless of the path other administrations choose to follow, the federal government published today its decree in the Official Bulletin, meaning that the almost 40 family members of several ministers who work in the public sector (figure provided by Modernization Minister Andrés Ibarra) will have until February 28 to leave their posts.
Five of them didn’t wait for the measure to be official and have left their posts in the past two days. These former government employees were the two sisters of Labor Minister Jorge Triaca, a brother of Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña, the son of Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, and the father of Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio.