Carolina Piparo, a prominent figure within the Freedom Advance and former candidate for governor of Buenos Aires, has been passed over for the directorship of The National Social Security Administration (ANSES), one of Argentina's most coveted state agencies. Despite initial expectations that she would be appointed to the role following the election of president Javier Milei, negotiations have instead led to the appointment of Osvaldo Giordano, ex-Finance Minister of Juan Schiaretti's administration in Cordoba.
Expectations and Reversal
There were early assumptions within the Freedom Advance that Piparo would assume the leadership of ANSES if Milei clinched the presidency. On November 23, Piparo even expressed her readiness to lead ANSES via a tweet. However, the president-elect's subsequent decision saw the appointment of Giordano, a move that Piparo acknowledged and accepted.
Significant Role in Legislature
Despite the recent events, Piparo's influence within the government remains significant. She reiterated her commitment to defend the ideas of freedom from her congressional seat. The legislative block of the Freedom Advance in the Chamber of Deputies will continue to play a substantial role, with a total of 45 legislators (38 deputies and 7 senators). Further executive appointments made by Milei could still result in a change to La Libertad Avanza's list of legislators.
The appointment of Martin Menem as the president of the Chamber of Deputies is still pending approval by other legislators. This development is part of the ongoing process of formation and consolidation of Milei's leadership and cabinet, which is expected to be in full swing by December 10, when Milei formally takes office as head of state.