The Milei Government inflicts a crisis on itself to try to regain the initiative

The Milei Government inflicts a crisis on itself to try to regain the initiative
The Milei Government inflicts a crisis on itself to try to regain the initiative

After a self-inflicted crisis that ended with the dismissal of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Government of Javier Milei tried to be active and starting a new stage. But the internal unrest and the political and economic difficulties faced by the far-right administration led to the official recognition that there will be more changes in the government cast. With President Milei on tour in the United States—on his fourth trip to that country in less than six months—the new coordinating minister, Guillermo Francos, took over in place of the fired Nicolás Posse. The Ministry of the Interior, which Francos led until now, was demoted to secretariat and will be under the control of the new Chief of Staff. The Intelligence Agency was beheaded and will move into the direct orbit of the Presidency. The creation of a new ministry to modernize the State was also confirmed.

Although the Milei Government has already suffered numerous casualties among its senior officials, the dismissal of Posse – whom the president defined as a personal friend – was the first big blow for the Executive. For at least two weeks, the disagreements between Milei and Posse had reached a point of no return and on Monday night the outcome was formally announced, explained by “the difference in criteria and expectations in the progress of the Government and the tasks entrusted to it.” . Both the president and his sister, Karina Milei, general secretary of the Presidency, questioned Posse for the delays in decision-making and for his lack of commitment to the president’s initiatives.

In his five and a half months as Chief of Staff, Posse was seen speaking publicly only once, before Congress. In contrast, his successor has shown himself to be the most talkative minister in the Government and did so again on his first day in the new position. This Tuesday, he first met the ministers at the Casa Rosada and then moved the meeting to a cafeteria, meters from the Plaza de Mayo. He also spoke on the radio and gave a press conference. He said that Milei chose him because she “realizes that Argentine politics is complicated for him, because she doesn’t understand it, because she has differences.” Until yesterday, Minister of the Interior, Franco held the role of negotiator with the dialogue opposition and with the provincial governors. That function will now be extended to the Chief of Staff, in a Government with a parliamentary minority, in need of consensus but limited by Milei’s speech against the “political caste.”

Lighten and deconcentrate

Guillermo Francos speaks during a press conference at the Casa Rosada, this Tuesday in Buenos Aires (Argentina).Presidency of Argentina (EFE)

“We have to reorganize the structure of the Government, we have to lighten it,” said Francos, announcing that there will be more changes in functions and officials. “Perhaps because of the way we took office, coming from a force that had no history, no institutional scaffolding, too many tasks were concentrated in the Chief of Staff that I believe should be distributed in the rest of the ministries,” he added.

However, the Chief of Staff will absorb the new Secretary of the Interior, which until now had the rank of ministry and autonomy.

By preserving that area within his powers, Franco will face a key test in the coming hours: the fate in Congress of the so-called base law, the proposal to scrap the State and deregulate the economy promoted by Milei. Francos is the Government’s main operator so that the project already approved by the Chamber of Deputies and still being processed in the Senate becomes law.

Modernize and deregulate

Francos announced that there is already a man chosen for a still unnamed ministry. Economist Federico Sturzenegger will be appointed as minister to promote “the modernization of the State and economic deregulation,” he said. “The name (of the new portfolio) will be resolved in the coming days,” he added.

Sturzenegger is an old acquaintance of Argentine politics. He was Secretary of Economic Policy in the Government of Fernando de la Rúa, the Administration that fell in 2001; he was a national deputy; and he also presided over the Central Bank between 2015 and 2018, during the Government of Mauricio Macri. In recent months he had been serving as Milei’s ad honorem advisor: he is the intellectual author of a large part of the reforms implemented by the president by decree and others included in the base bill.


Posse’s departure was joined by that of the head of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), Silvestre Sívori, who had been appointed by the former Chief of Staff. Francos also announced that the AFI will once again report directly to the president, a decision that fueled reports about the existence of espionage within the Government itself.

“We must think about a reorganization of intelligence in Argentina. There has to be outside intelligence to be clear about what is happening in the world. And there has to be internal intelligence, to think about what is happening with organized crime, drug trafficking, with the borders,” explained the Chief of Staff and mentioned the possibility of dividing the organization to fulfill these functions.

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