Controversial Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno has tendered his resignation, Presidential Spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro announced from the Casa Rosada minutes before 8 pm.
Scoccimarro said President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had accepted his resignation and appointed him an economic attache to the Argentine embassy in Italy.
His resignation becomes effective on Monday, December 2nd.
Moreno had been a close ally to the President for several years and one of the most divisive figures in the administration. In the last few years he became the face of the much-questioned INDEC statistics agency and his name is synonym with misreporting inflation numbers.
This is the latest in a series of Cabinet changes that began yesterday after Cristina resumed her activities and are a response to the disappointing results that Kirchnerism obtained in the midterm elections last month.
On Monday afternoon, Scoccimarro announced that Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino was to be replaced by Deputy Economy Minister Axel Kicillof. Cristina also appointed Carlos Fábrega as the new Central Bank governor, Chaco governor Jorge Capitanich as the new Cabinet Chief, and Carlos Casamiquela as the new Agriculture Minister.
Watch Scoccimarro’s announcement of Moreno’s resignation below.